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Does carpal tunnel syndrome affect your grip?

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Over time, carpal tunnel can affect your grip and ability to pinch. You might:

In more severe cases, you can lose muscle at the base of your thumb.

  • Drop things more often (due to numbness or weakened muscles).
  • Have a hard time working with small objects, like the buttons on your shirt.
  • Find it harder to make a fist than it used to be.

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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