Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms By Staff Writer

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The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) vary tremendously from one patient to the next. Some patients find CTS to be a very slow process, while other feel like their hands were debilitated somehow overnight.

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Most commonly symptoms of CTS are; tightness, discomfort, stiffness or pain on the front side of the hands/wrists, tingling, numbness or paresthesia (pins & needles) affecting the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. (All fingers do not have to be affected simultaneously), loss of strength in the hands / fingers, pain, aching, swelling, diminished coordination and often a need to massage hands, wrists and arms. Be aware, if your pinky and ring finger show signs of tingling and discomfort, it would not be related to CTS. The nerves that run through the Carpal Tunnel Canal do not affect the pinky.

   

There are other more serious diseases, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, that can cause the same or similar symptoms to CTS and therefore you should always seek the opinion of a professional. Most often doctors and therapist tend to use the modern testing procedures, such as nerve conduction tests.

These tests tend to have a very poor rate of proper diagnosis and often are not a painless experience. Suggest your doctor use the "old fashion" physical tests such as the Phalen's, Reverse Phalen's and Tinel's Sign. These are all extremely accurate and can be conducted immediately within the same office visit.

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