The carpal tunnel is the small passageway at the wrist where the median nerve runs from the elbow to the fingertips. When the nerve is compressed, it creates a burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers and causes numbness, swelling, pain, and a weakness in grip. As an academic medical institution and tertiary care center, the orthopaedic specialists at Keck Medicine of USC treat a wide range of simple and complex hand conditions.
What are the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Burning, tingling, numbness or itching in the hand and fingers
- Chronic pain
- Weakness or a decrease in grip