Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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
  • Swelling
  • Weakness or a decrease in grip

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