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Carpal Tunnel Symptoms, Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the median nerve which supplies your thumb, index, and middle fingers becoming pinched in its tunnel through your wrist on its way to your fingers. CTS is associated with repetitive wear, and wrist swelling.

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Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

  • Pain in your wrist. Sometimes this pain will shoot from the wrist to your fingers.
  • Numbness or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers.
  • Weakness in your hand grip. In severe carpal tunnel syndrome people have trouble turning door knobs, opening jars, even holding a cup of coffee.
  • Night waking from finger tingling and wrist pain.
  • Thinning of the muscles over the base of the thumb eminence.

Carpal Tunnel Testing

  • Clinically a doctor can test you for carpal tunnel syndrome by tapping over the groove of your wrist. It's called Tinels test and is positive if the tap sends shocking pain down your fingers.
  • An EMG electromyography test is used to confirm CTS and classify the severity of the condition.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment

  • Wrist rest from repetitive activities like typing and mouse clicks.
  • Night carpal tunnel braces that hold the wrist in a relaxed position during sleep.
  • Topical anti inflammatory gels applied over the path of the carpal tunnel two to three times per day.
  • Wearing a carpal tunnel splint during the day to work.
  • Oral anti inflammatory three to four times per day such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or indomethacin.
  • Severe carpal tunnel syndrome requires carpel tunnel surgical release of the trapped median nerve in the wrist. This is a day surgery and requires 4-6 weeks before resuming regular use of the wrist.

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