Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by pressure on the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. The symptoms include a tingling or aching sensation, numbness of the fingers, and weakness. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be associated with a variety of lifestyle and medical conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
In mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, a night-time splint and avoidance of certain activities will bring the symptoms under control. In more severe cases, an operation to "decompress" the median nerve is usually necessary. This operation can be performed under local anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome