What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be devastating, so it is important to know what the symptoms are so that if they present themselves you can stave off the onset as quickly as possible.
  • Tightness, discomfort, stiffness or pain on the anterior (front) side of the hands and wrists. (Not all people experience this.)
  • Pain, tingling, numbness and/or paresthesia (Pins & needles) affecting the thumb, index, middle and one half of the ring finger. (All fingers do not have to be affected or experience signs of injury simultaneously)
  • In severe cases, the atrophy of the thenar eminence is most common due to restricted median nerve conduction and blood supply. Loss of strength in the thumb, index and middle fingers is also very common.
  • Additional side-effects of carpal tunnel syndrome may include generalized aching, swelling, and diminished coordination of the fingers, especially when performing fine motor movements required for picking up small objects.
  • Many of the individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome also describe a need to massage hands, wrists and arms and often assuming a defensive posture in order to protect sensitive fingers, hands and wrists.

  • IMPORTANT: Misdiagnosed Conditions - Often times individuals are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome although the symptoms affect the ring and little finger. If an individual has symptoms in these areas, they do not have carpal tunnel syndrome. The ulnar nerve, not the median nerve supplies function to the ring and little fingers. Be sure to receive a second opinion before deciding on surgery or any other type of invasive treatment to ensure that you are indeed addressing the appropriate disorder. Symptoms at times may seem to change in severity of finger position but this is normal.