Understanding Carpal Tunnel

Wrist pain and keyboard II

The carpal tunnel is a narrow area of the wrist where the median nerve enters the hand. Any inflammation or swelling of the nerve can result in a pinched median nerve. The median nerve provides feeling and movement for the entire thumb side of your hand, including your thumb, index finger, middle fingers, and the thumb side of your ring finger. The resulting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness is called carpal tunnel syndrome , which can be treated by an orthopaedic specialist.


Some of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Difficulty coordinating the use of your fingers.
  • Pain in the wrist or hand.
  • Numbness or tingling in the wrist or hand.
  • A weak grip.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive motions to the hand and wrist are what typically cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing is the most common repetitive action that leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. However, any repetitive movement can cause symptoms. Other common activities that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome are:

  • Sewing.
  • Assembly line work.
  • Painting.
  • Use of tools or vibrating machinery.
  • Sports like handball.
  • Playing some musical instruments.
  • Driving.
  • Writing.


When symptoms initially appear, you may be able to treat the condition without professional orthopaedic care. Try ceasing activities that cause your symptoms, icing the area for 10-15 minutes once or twice an hour, wearing a wrist splint, and using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and pain. If your symptoms are persistent and interfere in your normal daily activities, then consult an orthopaedic doctor right away.

The exceptional staff at MK Orthopaedics is here to help alleviate your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. At MK Orthopaedics, we provide the highest level of orthopaedic and rehabilitative care. We specialize in rehabilitation for sports injuries, trauma, and fractures to the foot, hand, hip, and spine. To make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.


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