What is Hand Pain

Pain in the hand is a very common problem, with causes ranging from trapped nerves, to wear and tear and osteoarthritis.

This site focuses on one of the most common forms of hand pain is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). About one in 1,000 people develop this syndrome each year. There is excellent information about other hand conditions at Sheffield hand centre website- click here

The carpal tunnel is a canal formed between the small bones of the wrist called carpal bones and a ligament that lies across the front of the wrist. A large nerve, called the median, along with the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the fingers, pass through this canal.

In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome the nerve becomes compressed within the canal. In most cases it is not clear why it occurs, although increase in pressure is thought to compress and restrict the blood supply to the median nerve.

Symptoms include pins and needles, pain and/or numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of some muscles in the fingers and/or thumb which may cause poor grip.

For more information about CTS, download our patient advice leaflet.