Carpal tunnel syndrome is a cause of hand and finger pain due to compression of the median nerve at the wrist that can affect athletes and non-athletes alike.

In sports, this condition can affect an athlete who utilizes his or her hands for grip or repetitive activities, such as a golfer, cyclist, archer, or weightlifter. The nerve can become compressed in multiple locations in the forearm, but most often the condition develops from nerve compression in the wrist.

Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

People affected with carpal tunnel syndrome often complain of pain in their hands. You might also notice weakness when trying to grip objects. You might have numbness or tingling sensations in the thumb, index, and middle fingers on the palm’s side of the hand.

Illustration of carpal tunnel syndrome

Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome

Treatment can involve use of a splint, rest from aggravating activities, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or even a cortisone shot. Surgery to release the compression on the nerve is often needed.

Also read:
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Frequent questions about this common hand and wrist problem
Wrist injury: Common injuries of the wrist and hand in sports and exercise

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