Carpal tunnel syndrome is a burning, tingling, numbness, or sharp pain in your hand or wrist caused by a nerve being pressed or squeezed. The nerve is in your carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway at the base of your hand. Different problems, such as a wrist injury, work stress, or rheumatoid arthritis, can cause swelling that compresses the nerve. There are a variety of treatments for this painful condition. Some people try complementary health approaches for it, but the effectiveness of these approaches hasn’t been proven. If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, be sure to see your health care provider to avoid the risk of developing permanent nerve damage.
For more information see the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke fact sheet.