The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) vary
tremendously from one patient to the next. Some patients
find CTS to be a very slow process, while other feel
like their hands were debilitated somehow overnight.
Most commonly symptoms of CTS are; tightness, discomfort,
stiffness or pain on the front side of the hands/wrists,
tingling, numbness or paresthesia (pins & needles)
affecting the thumb, index, middle and half of the
ring finger. (All fingers do not have to be affected
simultaneously), loss of strength in the hands /
fingers, pain, aching, swelling, diminished coordination
and often a need to massage hands, wrists and arms.
Be aware, if your pinky and ring finger show signs
of tingling and discomfort, it would not be related
to CTS. The nerves that run through the Carpal Tunnel
Canal do not affect the pinky.
There are other more serious diseases, such as diabetes
and rheumatoid arthritis, that can cause the same
or similar symptoms to CTS and therefore you should
always seek the opinion of a professional. Most often
doctors and therapist tend to use the modern testing
procedures, such as nerve conduction tests.
tests tend to have a very poor rate of proper diagnosis
and often are not a painless experience. Suggest
your doctor use the "old fashion" physical tests
such as the Phalen's, Reverse Phalen's and Tinel's
Sign. These are all extremely accurate and can be conducted
immediately within the same office visit.
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