Carpal tunnel syndrome is the narrowing of the passageway in the wrist that allows for safe passage of the median nerve. This leads to median nerve entrapment.
And while it may not be a well-known sports injury per se, the condition of carpal tunnel syndrome may happen from swinging a racket, such as in tennis or squash, or from repetitive movements.
The median nerve innervates the anterior portion of the forearm, which controls wrist flexion and coarse hand movements. It goes through your wrist and extends to the palm, thumb, and fingers. This area at the wrist is referred to as the carpal tunnel. Yet, when the carpal tunnel becomes inflamed, the median nerve may become compressed or trapped.
When there is entrapment of the median nerve, many individuals often struggle to grasp grocery bags or other objects. The hands and wrist may feel numb or tingly. Pain may occur through through the wrist, hands, and fingers. Further, you may experience muscle weakness, such as when you are holding a bag. You may also experience a loss of fine muscle coordination in the fingers. So, what should you do if you’re experiencing these symptoms?