What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel syndromeDo you have a constant or recurring pain in your hand, wrist, or forearm? You may have a common condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which a pinched nerve in the wrist leads to pain in the hand and forearm.

Causes of CTS

The carpal tunnel is a channel on the inside of your wrist that protects a nerve and numerous tendons as they pass into your hand. When this nerve is pinched it can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Commonly, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by one or more of the following:

  • Compressing the nerve by using a computer keyboard and/or mouse for long periods of time.
  • Using your hands to work with anything that vibrates intensely or results in high force impact.
  • Physical injury to the hand, wrist, or forearm.
  • Any other form of repetitive stress.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

So how do you determine whether or not you have carpal tunnel syndrome? There are a number of symptoms to watch out for that could indicate the condition, such as:

  • A tingling or numbing sensation in the hands.
  • Pain in your wrist that moves up into your palm and fingers, or through your forearm.
  • Weakness in your hands resulting in an inability to grip objects or make a fist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that most people simply live with. But if you find that your symptoms are interfering with your day to day activities, it’s important to consult with a specialist.

Read our follow-up blog on treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Thomas Cohn, MD

Interventional pain doctor helping Minnesotans manage back, neck, foot, and other pain. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with additional board-certification in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM).