Carpal tunnel diagnosis
is best handled by a healthcare professional
in order to rule out any types of serious ailments
or diseases. Although self-diagnosis can and
is done on a regular basis, it is not recommended.
In reality, most carpal tunnel cases seeking
help from non-conservative therapies that are
available to anyone without a physician's recommendation
are self-diagnosed. The reason for this is
that there are not many other ailments that
have the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
This is makes self-diagnosis even more common,
especially if you perform a lot of repetitive
or static flexion type actions with your wrists
and hands and already know that you are involved
in a high-risk occupation.
a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) like carpal
tunnel syndrome, it is wise to be safe when
choosing a product or therapy for self-treatment.
The best self-treatments involve active exercises
and both passive and active stretches for the
hands and wrists. There are many exercises
and stretches that can be performed that will
not exacerbate any form of disease or any other
type of ailment or disorder that it could be,
but it is wise to thoroughly investigate a product or rehabilitation routine/program prior
to performing it. (Again, consult your physician!)
BUT, there are routines and devices that involve
flexion/squeezing exercises that will increase
the severity of the symptoms, so be very careful!
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
The symptoms of carpal tunnel are simple.
They involve numbness, tingling, paresthesia
(pins and needles) and pain in your wrist and
fingers. Carpal tunnel symptoms will be concentrated
most in the thumb, index, middle and sometimes
one-half of the ring finger. These are the
first signs of the ailment. Take note that
carpal tunnel symptoms may vary in intensity
and severity on a daily basis, and may move
from finger to finger and involve one, two
or all the fingers listed above. A "classic" case
of carpal tunnel syndrome will involve the
thumb, index and middle fingers with symptoms
increasing at night, but again, the range of
symptoms and locations in the hand can vary
from day to day and week to week.
If not corrected in a timely
manner, the symptoms of carpal tunnel will
usually become worse, increasing until they
become unbearable. Often times you will lose
strength in your hands and drop things randomly.
In many cases, the base of the thumb (Thenar
Eminence) will atrophy and become smaller.
Simple actions such as typing will be painful
and difficult to do. If you have these symptoms,
chances are good that you should get a professional
diagnosis to see if you are suffering with
carpal tunnel syndrome. Read on for further
advice about carpal tunnel syndrome.
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