Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a pain in the hand caused by compression of the Median Nerve, a nerve that starts at the neck and travels down the arm and forearm to the hand.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a fairly common ailment, and about 5% of the population of the United States suffer from it at some point in their lives.
In roughly a third of the cases improvement happens spontaneously, ie without treatment, over the course of a year. Women are more prone to suffering from it than men. Other categories of people at a higher risk of experiencing it, are obese people and people who work with a lot of vibration as with a pneumatic drill operator.
A burning feeling, a tingling a feeling of numbness are usually the initial symptoms, then a general ache starting with the forearm and extending to the upper arm can follow. Sometimes, pain can be felt in the hands or in the wrists. Sometimes it becomes difficult to grip anything. There can be a general loss of strength. Some doctors believe that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be triggered by repetitive movements, but this is not proven.