Causes & Symptoms
The cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often due to the median nerve not having enough space within the carpal tunnel it’s self. A reduction in space can happen from an injury to the wrist that causes swelling, work stress, fluid retention, or even cysts. However, in many cases no single cause can be identified.
Symptoms of CTS tend to begin gradually. Frequent tingling, burning, or numbness is felt in fingers and the palm of the hand. Symptoms also tend to begin during the night with many people recording the feeling of needing to “shake out” their hand. As symptoms progress, the tingling sensation stays throughout the day. Many also report a decrease in grip strength, and lose the ability to differentiate between hot and cold by touch.