Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is pinched. It can be caused by a variety of circumstances and conditions. Compression of that median nerve can cause pain in the wrist, hand and fingers. Numbness in the fingers may cause you to drop things and hand weakness can occur if the problem is not addressed.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are felt in the lower arms and hands. You may feel numbness, tingling, pain that radiates along the nerve path, and a sensation of pins and needles. The chance of permanent damage increases the longer the nerve remains compressed.
Treatment for carpal tunnel consists of treating the underlying condition responsible for the nerve compression. Most common treatments consist of rest, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, and possibly physical therapy. Surgery could be considered if these conservative treatments are ineffective.