Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression of the median nerve which runs through a tunnel in your wrist with tendons, the bands that connect the muscles to your bones. You may show symptoms due to weight gain, arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disease, fluid retention during pregnancy or repetitive motion.
Initial therapy may consist of the use of a wrist splint used 24 hours a day and/or the use of anti-inflammatories. Surgery may be considered when there is no change in the symptoms.
This involves making a small incision in the palm to enlarge the space to decrease the pressure on the nerve. Sometimes this can be done with an endoscope, a small tube that lets the surgeon release the space without cutting the skin.