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If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tws

Most people come in for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) due to the pain and numbness/tingling in the hands.
The night time symptoms can be very disruptive. However, the most functionally dibilitating part of cts is muscle wasting. The muscles in the fat part of the thumb are innervated by the median nerve, which is compresses in cts. Eventually you lose the ability to grip or pinch.

In brief: Tws

Most people come in for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) due to the pain and numbness/tingling in the hands.
The night time symptoms can be very disruptive. However, the most functionally dibilitating part of cts is muscle wasting. The muscles in the fat part of the thumb are innervated by the median nerve, which is compresses in cts. Eventually you lose the ability to grip or pinch.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: CTS

In addition to a history and physical exam, an EMG and nerve conduction study can confirm CTS.
If left untreated, nerve damage can eventually occur.

In brief: CTS

In addition to a history and physical exam, an EMG and nerve conduction study can confirm CTS.
If left untreated, nerve damage can eventually occur.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It'll get worse.

While the timing is unpredictable, carpal tunnel syndrome, once initiated, tends to worsen over time.

In brief: It'll get worse.

While the timing is unpredictable, carpal tunnel syndrome, once initiated, tends to worsen over time.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Carpal tunnel

When cts goes untreated, symptoms can progress from moderate and intermittent to severe and constant.
Early complaints include pain, numbness, and tingling. Late in the course, numbness and tingling are constant, and you can lose strength in the hand. Once you lose strength, you may not recover even with successful surgery.

In brief: Carpal tunnel

When cts goes untreated, symptoms can progress from moderate and intermittent to severe and constant.
Early complaints include pain, numbness, and tingling. Late in the course, numbness and tingling are constant, and you can lose strength in the hand. Once you lose strength, you may not recover even with successful surgery.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. Teddy Atik
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Absolutely

if it is not caught on time it will get worse and at some point will reach a point of no return when even the surgery will not make the numbness go away

In brief: Absolutely

if it is not caught on time it will get worse and at some point will reach a point of no return when even the surgery will not make the numbness go away
Dr. Teddy Atik
Dr. Teddy Atik
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Yes

It is critical to make the appropriate diagnosis and testing sids in that.
Then treatement can be started which should prevent permanent damage.

In brief: Yes

It is critical to make the appropriate diagnosis and testing sids in that.
Then treatement can be started which should prevent permanent damage.
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess
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