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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the hand and arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist.

The anatomy of your wrist, health problems and possibly repetitive hand motions can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Proper treatment usually relieves the tingling and numbness and restores wrist and hand function.

Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

Tingling or numbness. You may experience tingling and numbness in your fingers or hand. Usually the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are affected, but not your little finger. Sometimes there is a sensation like an electric shock in these fingers.

The sensation may travel from your wrist up your arm. These symptoms often occur while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper. The sensation may wake you from sleep.

Many people "shake out" their hands to try to relieve their symptoms. The numb feeling may become constant over time.

Weakness. You may experience weakness in your hand and a tendency to drop objects. This may be due to the numbness in your hand or weakness of the thumb's pinching muscles, which are also controlled by the median nerve.

Ulnar Neuropathy
Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when the ulnar nerve in the arm becomes compressed or irritated. The ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. It travels from your neck down into your hand, and can be constricted in several places along the way, such as beneath the collarbone or at the wrist. The most common place for compression of the nerve is behind the inside part of the elbow. Ulnar nerve compression at the elbow is called "cubital tunnel syndrome." Numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers are common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with conservative treatments like changes in activities and bracing. If conservative methods do not improve your symptoms, or if the nerve compression is causing muscle weakness or damage in your hand, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Other Conditions of the Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) - Inflammation of the tendon that connects the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. It is caused by specific repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) - Inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles from the forearm to the elbow. It is caused by specific repetitive motions by the arm and wrist and placing stress on the forearm. Peripheral Neuralgia - Painful condition caused by the damage to the peripheral nervous system. Nerve damage can be caused by disease, trauma, and surgery. Inflammation of the biceps tendon at the elbow - Inflammation of a part of the tendon that connects the bicep muscle to the radius bone at the elbow. The tendon can become inflamed during certain physical activities, such as rowing and weightlifting. In some cases, the distal tendon may ruptured.