Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand. It happens because of compression of your median nerve through a passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. The median controls the movement and feeling of your thumb and the movement of all your fingers except your little finger.
Carpal tunnel has limited space; therefore anything that decreases this space can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. It is more common in the following conditions:
Your doctor will ask about your history and perform certain tests to provoke your symptoms.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel include:
The doctor might suggest tests to diagnose CTS or other mimicking diseases and to plan treatment:
Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and the progression of the disease. You might need:
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