Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder where a nerve in the wrist is compressed. The carpal tunnel is a channel found at the ventral side of the wrist. It is made of bones and ligaments and wraps around the median nerve and the tendons that serve the thumb and the first two fingers of the hand. Because of this, these digits are the most commonly affected. People with carpal tunnel syndrome find they end up having a largely painful situation.
Information. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition, and indeed is the most common of the conditions where a nerve is entrapped. It affects about 2.7 percent of the population in the United States and affects many more women than men. Most patients who have carpal tunnel syndrome are middle aged. Symptoms of the disorder often begin slowly and usually affect the hand the person writes with first. Doctors can diagnose carpal tunnel system using imaging tests such as X-rays, other tests and maneuvers such as the Phalen’s maneuver or a nerve conduction velocity test. They’ll order blood tests to rule out other conditions that might be causing the patient’s symptoms.