Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Have you been experiencing a feeling of numbness or tingling in your palm and fingers? Do you feel you are being poked with pins and needles on one hand?
Did you know that this could be the result of a condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder that causes pain and numbness in the fingers and hands, and sometimes the arms. It happens when the median nerve, a nerve in the wrist gets pinched or squeezed. The median nerve goes through a tunnel in the wrist that is formed by the bones of the wrist and a tough band of tissue called a ligament.
The median nerve receives and carries the signals about this particular sensation and tells the brain what the hand is ‘feeling’. The median nerve receives the aforementioned inputs from;
- The thumb
- Index finger
- Middle finger
- Certain parts of the ring finger
- Parts of the palm closest to the thumb
Understanding the Carpal Tunnel – the carpal tunnel is a passage forming beneath the transverse ligament, which extends across the lower palm connecting the bones of the wrist. Take a look at your palm, under the skin on your wrist, is the carpal tunnel.