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Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Burning sensation in hand or wrist
  • Hand weakness


Carpal tunnel syndrome has no exact cause, although several circumstances increase the likelihood of acquiring it. Factors that can raise the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive hand and wrist motions
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and gout


Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated using both conservative as well as surgical treatment methods. Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Using a splint to immobilize the hand and wrist
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Carpal tunnel release surgery
  • Physical therapy
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