Carpal tunnel syndrome

What is it?

Median nerve compression across the wrist

What are the causes?

  • Results from elevated pressures within the carpal canal at the wrist.
  • Acute Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can develop following a major trauma to the upper extremity (typically a distal radius fracture, a carpal dislocation, or a crush injury)

What are the symptoms?

  • Burning wrist pain
  • Numbness or tingling on palm
  • Symptoms worse at night
  • As the condition worsens, daytime tingling become common and is often aggravated by daily activities like driving, holding a book or the phone, and combing the hair. Weakness can be present.
  • Manual dexterity is diminished, and difficulty with daily activities (eg, buttoning clothes, holding small objects) often is encountered

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Median Nerve Compression across Wrist