Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which can cause pain and discomfort due to a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage located on the inside of your wrist. The purpose of this tunnel is to protect the main nerve to your hand and the tendons that bend your fingers. Compression of this nerve produces the numbness, tingling and, eventually, hand weakness that bring about carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is evident by a gradual and progressive numbness or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers. This discomfort can also be accompanied by discomfort in your wrist and hand. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:
If you notice signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if they interfere with your normal activities, you should see your doctor. If carpal tunnel is left untreated, permanent nerve and muscle damage can occur. Dr. Furie may conduct one or more of the following tests to determine the degree of your carpal tunnel:
History of symptoms - Dr. Furie will review your symptoms. The pattern of your signs and symptoms may offer clues to their cause.
Physical examination - Dr. Furie will conduct a physical examination to test the feeling in your fingers and the strength of the muscles in your hand.
X-ray - Dr. Furie may recommend an X-ray of the affected wrist to exclude other causes of wrist pain, such as arthritis or a fracture.
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