What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand that may travel up to the shoulder. The carpal tunnel is a small, narrow “tunnel” made up of strong, rigid tissue called the transverse carpal ligament and small bones known as carpal bones. This “tunnel” is where the median nerves travel from the neck and pass through the wrist into the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by inflammation and swelling of the median nerve, tendons, and other surrounding tissue which press on the median nerves resulting in pain.