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Median nerve compression

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Introduction
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) arise from injury to the median nerve.
Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are caused by compression (squashing) of the median nerve at the wrist.
Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can usually be diagnosed by your GP who will examine your hand and wrist and ask you about your symptoms.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) depends on the severity of the condition and how long it has lasted.
Recovery after carpal tunnel surgery
After having surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), you can use your hand to do light activities that do not cause excessive pain or discomfort.
'I knew something was wrong when I started waking up in the night with tingling in my fingers'
Peter Taylor, 58, a customer services adviser from Norwich, first noticed tingling in his fingers a couple of years ago. He has had two carpal tunnel releases.
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