Part 4: Common Symptoms

Common symptoms include pain, tingling, or numbness in fingers. Another common symptom in carpal tunnel syndrome is nocturnal pain or numbness in the arm when asleep. This pain or numbness will result in the individual to wake up from their sleep.

As discussed earlier, the median nerve supplies fingers 1-3.5. 3.5 meaning the thumb side of the ring finger. Due to the compression of the median nerve, the fingers will not be able to respond as well as it once could to messages sent from the brain. There can be difficulty with fine motor movements such as buttoning a shirt or tying shoelaces.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. Please visit the table of contents at for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.