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Is there a way to check whether I have carpal tunnel without going to the doctor?

Is there a way to check whether I have carpal tunnel without going to the doctor?

Phalens Exam: Lift both hands to the level of your head and let the wrists just flop over so that your fingers are pointing towards your ears. Hold this position for 30-60 seconds. If you experience numbness, tinging or pain in your hands this is highly suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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How to know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome without having to go to the doctor? Is there any way to know?

How to know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome without having to go to the doctor? Is there any way to know?

VIDEO carpal tunnel: Here is a video i made a few years back sorry for the bear but it is good information http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60&list=plcbd41f7a42e20469&index=4&feature=plpp_video. ...Read more

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When do I need to go the doctors with possible carpal tunnel syndrome?

When do I need to go the doctors with possible carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel: This is all dependent on how you feel. There are multiple treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, an unpredictable neurologic condition. Night splints, activity modification and injections are all conservative options, though surgical intervention may eventually be needed. An emg/nerve conduction study can help determine the severity of your cts. ...Read more

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How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

One or two or three: Usually surgery is performed by one surgeon without an assistant except in training programs where a resident or fellow may be present. Depending on the method of anesthesia a doctor to provide anesthesia may also be present as the surgery can be done with local anesthesia alone, with sedation administered by the surgeon or by an anesthesiologist or under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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How should I tell my doctor that i want carpal tunnel release surgery?

How should I tell my doctor that i want carpal tunnel release surgery?

By doing so: Preferably in a language he or she understands seriously call or email or write or say it in person for more information regarding carpal tunnel release see here http://www.Handctr.Com/endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release-51.Html. ...Read more

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Is it possible for doctors to determine if hand pain is carpal tunnel or radiculopathy?

Is it possible for doctors to determine if hand pain is carpal tunnel or radiculopathy?

Yes: A clinical examination coupled with a nerve study called an emg/ncs can usually sort these. ...Read more

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I have wrist pain in my right wrist that comes and goes i'd say every few months, my mom thinks it's carpal tunnel but hasn't taken me to a doctor...

I have wrist pain in my right wrist that comes and goes i'd say every few months, my mom thinks it's carpal tunnel but hasn't taken me to a doctor...

Causes vary: On and off pain can be tendinitis which hurts more with movement and grasping. Osteoarthritis is not a consideration at age 20. Rheumatoid arthritis is usually on both sides of the body) associated with swelling, and more constant. Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually felt as numbness, tingling, and/or pain in the hand. A doctor's history and physical exam and limited testing should sort this out. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel endio one year ago Doc said scar tissue on nerve left hand and it will go away, told me this in Oct my Primary doc took xray said fine hand goes numb, feels weird can this be fixed?

Carpal tunnel endio one year ago Doc said scar tissue on nerve left hand and it will go away, told me this in Oct my Primary doc took xray said fine hand goes numb, feels weird can this be fixed?

You need to see: A hand specialist. The question is a bit unclear. If you had the surgery already and are still having issues and the surgeon is not addressing them see another hand specialist. An xray is worthless. Carpal tunnel usually has nothing to do with bones as much as soft tissue causing nerve impingement. Scar tissue is not seen on xrays. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel endio one year ago Doc said scar tissue on nerve left hand and it will go away, told me this in Oct my Primary doc took xray said fine hand goes numb, feels weird can this be fixed?

Carpal tunnel endio one year ago Doc said scar tissue on nerve left hand and it will go away, told me this in Oct my Primary doc took xray said fine hand goes numb, feels weird can this be fixed?

Depends: It depends on why your hand goes numb. Sounds like you need an emg/NCS to assess your median nerve (the nerve that travels through and is compressed in carpal tunnel). Ideally this would be compared to a study performed preoperatively. That can assess for recurrent slowing, possibly from scar tissue. Ultrasound is another diagnostic option ...Read more

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My mother discovered today that she has  carpal tunnel syndrome. The doctor said it's stage 5. What are the most effective drugs out there?

My mother discovered today that she has  carpal tunnel syndrome. The doctor said it's stage 5. What are the most effective drugs out there?

Not much: Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually classified as stages 1-4, with 1 being mild and 4 being severe. Once you get to the severe stages, medications don't really have much of an impact and surgery should be considered in part to lessen the possibility of " nerve damage." Surgery for this is outpatient and fairly minimally invasive, so it is definitely a consideration in severe cases. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery.Still in a lot of pain but scared to ask doctor for more meds. He gave me 40. 1, 4 times a day and ill run out on day 10.

I had carpal tunnel surgery.Still in a lot of pain but scared to ask doctor for more meds. He gave me 40. 1, 4 times a day and ill run out on day 10.

Carpal tunnel: If you are in true pain, you should talk to him and let him know that. It may be that he may suggest some other ways of treating your pain than taking narcotic pain killers. He may decide to continue pain medication for a little while knowing your problem in hopes it will improve. ...Read more

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If cortisone injections are just a "band aid"and not a fix, why would a doctor recommend it for carpal tunnel instead of just doing the surgery?

If cortisone injections are just a "band aid"and not a fix, why would a doctor recommend it for carpal tunnel instead of just doing the surgery?

Band Aid is Misnomer: I would not refer to cortisone injections as a bandaid. Often they buy you time while you address the underlying condition with physical therapy or work changes. Surgery is not always successful and can lead to worse problems in some cases. ...Read more

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I went to the ER and the doctor there told me that I have carpal tunnel. I was told to return if numbness gets worse or pain increases. Now my entire arm is in pain and the doctor said don't bother coming in. What should I do?

Nerve issue: Best to see your regular doctor, as far less costly, and, carpal tunnel or other arm nerve problems can best be treated in the outpatient setting. Do not worry, as appropriate treatment is indeed highly satisfactory. ...Read more

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I have numbess in my little finger and ring finger and my middle finger. One doctor says its carpal tunnel and pt says it's not.

I have numbess in my little finger and ring finger and my middle finger. One doctor says its carpal tunnel and pt says it's not.

PT correct, CTS=...: ...Thumb, index, middle, and thumb side of the ring finger. Further studies need b done, as this also doesn't fit a distal ulnar neuropathy @ the elbow ;/or wrist. Image omitted the adjacent 1/2 of the ring finger. ...Read more

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I have mild carpal tunnel. Doctor says i need a wrist brace. I have tremors in my pinkies. What type and/ or brand of wrist brace do you recommend?

I have mild carpal tunnel. Doctor says i need a wrist brace.  I have tremors in my pinkies.  What type and/ or brand of wrist brace do you recommend?

See below: The proper splint for carpal tunnel syndrome is called a neutral wrist splint. This keeps the wrist in a so called neutral position, no flexed or extended. The splint should be worn at night all night. If the symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks, daytime wear as well can be tried. If no improvement, other approaches in include cortisone injections and surgery if it worsens. Weight loss also helps. ...Read more

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