Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand, particularly affecting the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. It occurs due to pressure on the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel passageway, which extends from your wrist to your hand. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can gradually become severe and more frequent over time.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur due to a variety of factors. It occurs more commonly in women than men, as well as in people with a family history of this condition. Additionally, people who experience joint or bone diseases such as arthritis, hormonal or metabolic shifts, changes to blood sugar levels, and other conditions or injuries affecting the wrists are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
One of the most common contributing factors in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive movements involving the hands. These movements may involve typing, gripping, or flexing of the wrists.