Hand & Wrist Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. Bound by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway — about as big around as your thumb — located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. Compression of the nerve produces the numbness, pain and, eventually, hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS can be caused by sports like racquetball or handball, daily activities like sewing, typing, writing, driving, painting, etc. It is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. It is most common in women aged 30-50
- Pain in the hand and wrist
- Tingling and numbness
- Typically, patients will wake at night with a burning or aching pain with numbness and tingling and will shake their hands to obtain relief and restore sensation.
Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers or your thumb gets stuck in a bent position and then straightens with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.
- Soreness at the base of the afflicted finger or thumb
- Painful clicking or snapping when attempting to flex or extend
- Catching worsens after inactivity. In a more severe case, the finger may lock in either the extended or flexed position and must be gently straightened with the opposite hand