Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common and widely known form of peripheral neuropathy, affecting millions of Americans, especially those in the workforce. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve – the main nerve of the front of the forearm.
The median nerve runs from the forearm through a narrow passageway (the carpal tunnel) that is surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of the hand. When the nerve is compressed, it produces symptoms that can include:
- Pain in the hand and arm
- Tingling or numbness in the fingers or hand that may travel from your wrist up your arm
- Weakness in your hand, which may cause you to drop objects