Carpal tunnel syndrome


What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which a person experiences unusual sensations in their hands and fingers due to pressure on a nerve in their wrist.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a structure in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel swelling. This squeezes the median nerve which is responsible for helping to move the forearm, wrist, hand and fingers and also provides sensations to the forearm and parts of the hand. Certain risk factors can increase a person’s chances of developing the condition including:

  • Being overweight.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Carrying out regular activities that involve bending the wrist or gripping hard.
  • Having other conditions such as arthritis or diabetes.
  • Having a family member with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Having a past wrist injury.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers. These sensations often come and go and are usually worse at night.

Are you affected by carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you’re affected by carpal tunnel syndrome, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with carpal tunnel syndrome, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with carpal tunnel syndrome from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

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  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with carpal tunnel syndrome

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with carpal tunnel syndrome? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including carpal tunnel syndrome, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

Other resources The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity’s library has a range of resources on carpal tunnel syndrome and on many other disability-related issues.

Support groups

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Are you interested in setting up a support group for carpal tunnel syndrome, or do you already run one? Email to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Carpal tunnel support Facebook group

This site is maintained by a doctor with a longstanding research interest in CTS
and aims to be the most comprehensive and up-to date on the net.

The site offers a carpal tunnel forum where the public can ask questions and get peer support.

Other charities

The British Society for Surgery of the Hand

Tel: 0207 831 5162


Versus Arthritis

Offer a carpal tunnel syndrome information booklet.

Helpline: 0800 5200 520