Sana W. HamedSeptember 27, 2007Case Study 4Dr. RyanCarpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, weakness and numbness in the hand andwrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel that is about as big around as your thumb andlocated on the palm side of your wrist. The purpose of the carpal tunnel is to protect themin nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers.There are warning signs to carpal tunnel syndrome. It can come suddenly but ittends to come gradually. It may also affect one or both hands. Usually the first warningsigns include pain, tingling and numbness in the fingers. You also feel as if your fingersare swollen. As the syndrome progresses, you may feel pain from your hand all the wayup to your arm or elbow. At night and when you hand is warm, the pain, tingling andnumbness tends to be worst. If left untreated, your hand may become very weak and youmay not be able to do certain things like picking up and holding objects. Also, if leftuntreated the muscles at the base of your thumb may shrink.