Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. If you're experiencing pain or tingling in your hand or wrist, it may not be from your tennis game last weekend. It could be something more serious like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition occurs more often in women than men but it can really happen to anyone. Factory workers who work with their hands using repetitive motions are often afflicted with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome involves compression of a nerve called the medium nerve as it travels through the wrist. Typical symptoms include numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers. More severe forms include weakness in certain hand muscles. Your doctor can do certain physical exam test that may reproduce some of your symptoms or she can also send you to get a nerve conduction test which can calculate the severity of nerve injury.

Don't ignore the symptoms of carpal tunnel, early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage. For more ways to fight pain and stay healthy watch all our smart tips.