Carpal Tunnel Test

December 14, 2011 by  
Filed under carpal tunnel

carpal tunnel testHow do you know that you have an actual injury or just pain brought on by over exertion or performing an activity that you normally don’t do?

Well if you are like most people you turn to the internet and google your pain and symptoms.  And when it comes to carpal tunnel and wrist pain, you may search for carpal tunnel test.

The medical community and local doctors here it everyday, as patients walk into their offices and say they have a certain injury or disease.  The doctor will most likely say, “I bet you read that on the internet”.

In any case and for the purpose of this article, and for those looking for carpal tunnel relief, only a medical doctor can truly diagnose whether or not you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

First your doctor will most likely examine your wrists, elbows, hands, neck and shoulder in order to check for problems such as nerve compression. He or she may also perform a physical examination to check for other medical problems as well. For example, the physician may tap your wrist directly over the median nerve in order to determine whether this reproduces the associated symptoms. This is known 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 test is commonly referred to as the Phalen test for carpal tunnel.

The physician may also use light stroking motions or pinpricks using a pin to determine whether any portion of the fingers have reduced or lost sensitivity. This can be a sign of nerve damage.

In some instances it may not be clear whether the symptoms that a patient experiences are associated with the median nerve or perhaps somewhere higher in the arm. 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 the hand.

Specialized carpal tunnel tests can help to resolve any uncertainty. Such tests include:

Nerve Conduction Test

This is a test that is used to determine whether the transmission in the nerve has been reduced as a result of nerve damage. A physician will place electrodes on the wrist and hand. Small electric shocks will then be applied to the nerves within the wrist, forearm and fingers in order to determine whether the nerve messages are being properly conducted.

Electromyography

In severe cases, the muscles that are supplied by the nerve may demonstrate abnormal electrical activity. A doctor will insert a very fine wire into the muscle within the affected area for a brief period of time. Electrical activity can then be displayed on a monitor for the doctor to evaluate.

These are the best carpal tunnel tests to have performed to be 100% sure that you have carpal tunnel.  The bad news is that these tests may cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars out of pocket.  So what if you don’t want to shell out that type of cash?  Simple…

There is an in-home, easy-to-follow carpal tunnel treatment system that you can get started with right now, that doesn’t require expensive medical tests, medical or exercise gadgets or bulky wrist splints.  And the best part is that you can implement these these step-by-step techniques from the comfort of your own living room!

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