Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, a narrow confined space. Since the median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers, many symptoms may result.
Facts about carpal tunnel syndrome
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Carpal tunnel syndrome accounts for the highest average number of days lost at work, when compared to all other major work-related injuries or illnesses.