Simply put, carpal tunnel syndrome is the inflammation or entrapment of nerves within the carpal tunnel of the anterior wrist, which can cause pain and numbness symptoms to include numbness and tingling in the hand, difficulty grasping or carrying objects, and, sometimes, hand pain. Some, report the pain is worse in the evening, and sleep can be interrupted.
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The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are often associated with repetitive motion, such as working at a computer all day, for example, though other factors can come into play, as well. “Carpal tunnel is most often considered a repetitive strain or overuse injury, but genetics and disease processes can contribute to the symptoms, too. “Excessive flexion and extension of the wrist seem to be the most popular theory as to cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, heredity, those with smaller carpal tunnels, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few, can all play a part.”