Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hand Nerves Wrist

5 Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Man holding his hand - pain concept

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions of the hand. It happens when there is pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It can be caused by things like arthritis and fractures, but, ultimately, there can be many causes.

Here are 5 signs that you may have carpal tunnel:

  1. Pain
  2. Numbness
  3. Tingling
  4. Weaker grip
  5. Tendency to drop things

Numbness and tingling is common in the thumb and pointer, middle and ring fingers. Sometimes, symptoms can be worse during the night, but they can also be felt during daily activities.

Carpal tunnel can be treated in a variety of ways, ranging from a wrist splint to steroid injections. Surgery may be needed if your case is severe.

Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome at, where you’ll find images and videos related to this condition.

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  • KC
    November 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    When a broken wrist is healing can it cause a burning sensation in the middle top area of the forearm?

    • Benjamin Jacobs, MD
      November 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM

      Broken wrists can cause all sorts of pains! The pain can be focal to the area of the break or it can radiate from that area to other areas in the arm. It is also not uncommon for people to have an increase in pain as they begin to use and move the arm more during the healing process. I do encourage you to be evaluated by a healthcare provider familiar with these issues to make sure there is not something in need of treatment causing your pain.

  • Wayne McKee
    November 3, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Can It be more in your little finger than the others?

    • Benjamin Jacobs, MD
      November 5, 2018 at 10:23 PM

      Typically the little finger gets its nerve supply from the ulnar nerve. Problems with the ulnar nerve can cause similar symptoms to carpal tunnel syndrome, just in a different area of the hand. If you look up cubital tunnel syndrome on you may find additional information to help you. Please consider seeing a hand surgeon or other physician if you have significant symptoms.

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