Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis

January 19, 2012 by  
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carpal tunnel diagnosis For any type of injury to be confirmed, you must be examined by a Medical Doctor.  In order to properly diagnose a carpal tunnel injury, your Doctor will pour over your medical history to look for previous injuries or other related symptoms commonly found when an individual suffers from CTS.

Your Doctor will most likely be watching for the following:

  1. What your specific symptoms are and which movements, actions or activities that trigger them.
  2. When your carpal tunnel symptoms began and for how long do they stick around.
  3. Any type of finger/wrist actions make your symptoms worse
  4. Overall physical health and medical background

In conjunction with the above investigation and carpal tunnel diagnosis techniques, your Doctor will also examine your wrists, elbows, hands, neck and shoulder in order to check for any impingements or restrictions such as nerve compression.

It’s not unusual for your Doctor to decide to perform a physical examination to check for other medical problems that may be contributing to your carpal tunnel pain.

Throughout the diagnosis process, your Doctor may tap your wrist directly over your median nerve in order to determine whether this causes any discomfort, pain or any other carpal tunnel symptoms. This sort of test is referred too as a Tinel test.

He or she may also gently hold the wrist in a forward bent position for 30 to 60 seconds in order to determine whether this triggers symptoms. This is known as the Phalen test for carpal tunnel.

Using light stroking motions or pinpricks using a medical pin to determine whether any portion of the fingers have reduced or lost sensitivity is another diagnosing techniques that your Doctor may decide to use.  If there are specific locations along your wrist, fingers or hand that you cannot feel when pricked by the pin, this can be a sign of nerve damage.

After the carpal tunnel diagnosis is complete, and your Doctor suspects you have CTS, he/she may refer you to a specialist.  As most Doctors are not experts on repetitive strain injuries.

Another option that your Doctor may suggest or ask if you are open to look at is to whether see a Doctor who specializes in occupational medicine.

When all other carpal tunnel treatments have been exhausted, and carpal tunnel surgery is required, an orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon will be your last resort.

For the majority of carpal tunnel sufferers, the problem lays within their median nerve.  It has become pinched or obstructed in some way.  This is the usual cause of their carpal tunnel symptoms.  The symptoms could potentially be linked to a problem with the nerves within the hand or even the nerves in the neck, resulting in tingling and pain that radiates down into your hand, wrist or fingers.

For many individuals who have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, implementing specific home treatment remedies can resolve much of the pain and suffering!

In fact, all you need to do to eliminate your carpal tunnel suffering after diagnosis is perform these simple techniques while sitting in your comfy chair at home!  Click on the button below to see these easy-to-follow steps in action!

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