Ask The Expert
March 28, 2011
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it travels through a narrow portion of the wrist. (This section is called the carpal tunnel.) Common symptoms include numbness and tingling in the fingers, as well as weakness of the thumb.
Many conditions can put a person at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
Treatment options include:
Reversing or treating any contributing conditions can also be helpful. For example, treating rheumatoid arthritis may prevent the worsening of symptoms or reduce existing symptoms. So can tightly controlling diabetes. And an ergonomic evaluation of your workspace may help. For example, your chair and desk can be positioned so you can avoid excessive wrist flexing or extension.
If symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are not well controlled, nerve injury may become permanent. So, see your doctor about your condition and review all of these treatment options.