Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes symptoms in one or both hands. Problems start slowly and get worse over time. They may be:

  • Numbness, tingling, and swelling in the palm of the hand and fingers
  • Pain from the wrist that may spread to the shoulder
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Problems that worsen with wrist, hand, or finger motions
  • Pain that goes away when shaking hands and wrists out
  • Loss of feeling in the hand and fingers


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Carpal tunnel syndrome. American Society for Surgery of the Hand website. Available at: Published 2015. Accessed November 20, 2019.
Carpal tunnel syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated June 24, 2019. Accessed November 20, 2019.
Carpal tunnel syndrome fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at:
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Updated August 13, 2019. Accessed November 20, 2019.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD