Dear Mrs. Joy Vinton,You were recently in our offices and received the diagnosis of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. This iscaused by pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve is one of the major nerves of the upperextremities. This nerve travels down the upper arm and branches all the way to the tips of the fingers.Itsupplies information about sensation in the hand and sends information to the muscle about when tocontract. The carpal tunnel is a passageway that is narrow, and it is surrounded by bones and ligaments.When this syndrome is active, the compression on the median nerve causes numbness, tingling, andgeneral weakness in the hand and arm. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by health problems andrepetitive hand motions.Carpal tunnel syndrome has several risk factors, these include:•Anatomic factors: wrist fractures, arthritis, and small carpal tunnels•Sex: more common in women because the carpal tunnel is generally smaller in women.