What is it?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. The pinched nerve causes a numb, tingling feeling in your hand and arm. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may also feel weak and clumsy. Hand pain and arm pain are common symptoms.

Activities that increase pressure on the nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel (located on the palm side of your wrist) cause the syndrome. Some causes include:

  • Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Fluid retention

Often, there is no known cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with surgery or other options, like physical therapy. Your GP can help you learn about the available treatments and recovery process.