Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include numbness, or tingling, and can affect wrist and hand function.
Nerves connect the brain and spinal cord to the muscles and skin that give movement and feeling. An injury resulting in nerve damage can cause an interruption to the information being conveyed to the skin or muscles, to and from the brain. Symptoms of a nerve injury may include weakness, numbness, pain, or sometimes paralysis.
Pinched (Compressed) Nerve
A pinched nerve occurs when there is compression on a nerve, from surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilages, and muscles. This compression disrupts the nerve’s function, causing symptoms including neck or back pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. A pinched nerve may be a result of repetitive motion, or from holding your body in one position for a long period of time.
The information on this page is for general education only and is designed to facilitate discussion with your doctor. You should always talk to your health care professional for diagnosis and treatment.