Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a narrow channel in your wrist (carpus) through which pass the nerves and tendons serving your hand. When the tissues in this channel become inflamed and swollen, they press on the median nerve, which provides sensation to all but the little finger. The result is tingling, numbness and pain in the hand. Treatment involves resting the joint and wearing a splint to reduce wrist movement but leave the hand relatively free. Splinting particularly helps with night time pain. Exercises may help prevent or control the symptoms. Steroid injections or surgery may be necessary in rare cases.