Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis: By Staff Writer





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.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

When addressing 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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