Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

median nerve compression


  • Requires medical diagnosis
  • Main symptom: pain or numbness in the hand or arm
  • Can get it from repeated motions such as: typing or strumming a guitar
  • Other conditions such as: arthritis, tendonitis, and other nerve involvement, need to be ruled out first
  • Can be diagnosed by physical exam, electrical testing, or MRI
  • The prognosis for carpal tunnel syndrome is very good. Mild cases can respond to nonsurgical care, such as bracing and steroid injection.


  • Pain Areas: fingers, hands, muscles, thumb, or wrist (can occur at night)
  • Muscular: cramping, muscle weakness, clumsiness, loss of muscle, or muscle spasm
  • Sensory: pins and needles or uncomfortable burning or tingling
  • Hand: numbness and tingling


  • Stretching
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Wrist splints
  • Cortisone injections
  • If serious enough surgery

Most likely to occur in...

  • older people
  • women
  • obesity (lack of fitness)
  • specific workers

Jessica Alba

Jessica woke up one night with numbness in her arm and thought she was having a stroke. She went to the emergency room immediately and after an MRI found out she had CTS. She believes she most likely got it from running her online baby company.
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In the early 20th century, some people with CTS were diagnosed with compression of the median nerve. In 1950, twelve people were diagnosed with CTS had been reported.