Symptoms and Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Typing, driving, talking on the phone – if these common activities have suddenly become painful, you might have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition caused by excess pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand through a small passageway known as the carpal tunnel. This narrow, tunnel-like structure in the wrist controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb, index finger, and long fingers. When the median nerve becomes compressed, due to thickening or swollen tendons, this may result in pain in the hand and wrist.

The primary symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is often a vague pain in the hand and wrist that worsens with activity, particularly activity that requires bending the wrist forward or backward.  Other symptoms can include numbness, especially to the thumb, index and middle finger, and intense pain at night or early morning.

To determine if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you will need to visit a doctor. Most doctors will perform a quick examination and, if appropriate, they will send you to get a nerve conduction study, a common medical diagnostic test that evaluates the function of nerves by sticking small needles in the arm. However, at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, we do things a little differently. Instead of using needles, our highly trained team uses ultrasound technology to examine the nerves and determine a diagnosis.

There are many benefits to using ultrasound technology over a nerve conduction study. The biggest reason being a more speedy diagnosis. In one visit, Dr. Fitzmaurice can confirm if a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, whereas elsewhere it would take multiple visits to multiple doctors before a diagnosis was made. The ultrasound technology also allows us to rule out other issues or conditions that could possible be affecting the nerve. Finally, with ultrasound technology, no needles or additional pain is required. Everything at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute is done to minimize a patient’s wait time and discomfort.

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When compared to a traditional ‘open’ procedures or standard endoscopic procedures, the EndoTech® Carpal Tunnel Release provides the quickest return to activity. In fact, most patients can remove their dressings in 2 days, and are able to return to unrestricted activity in one week.   [dt_button size=”big” animation=”fade” icon=”fa fa-forward” icon_align=”left” color=”orange” link=”/patient-center/becoming-a-patient/” target_blank=”false”]Get Started[/dt_button]

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