Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder of the hand. It is caused by compression of the median nerve. The median nerve gets squeezed inside a narrow passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This nerve provides feeling to the thumb, index and middle fingers, and half the ring finger.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is created by pressure on the median nerve. This pressure is caused by the carpal tunnel becoming narrower. The narrowing can be caused by many factors, including:
  • Swelling of tissue in the carpal tunnel due to injury or fluid changes in your body
  • Hereditary narrow carpal tunnel
  • Tumors (rare)

Risk Factors

Women and older adults are at greater risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Factors that may increase your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

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