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How to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: History and physical

Usually one can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome just by doing a good history and physical.
People complain of numbness and tingling and/or weakness in the thumb and next two or three fingers. People may also have pain in this distribution if when you tap on the median nerve of the wrist. Other tests which can confirm a diagnosis include nerve conduction studies and electromyography.

In brief: History and physical

Usually one can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome just by doing a good history and physical.
People complain of numbness and tingling and/or weakness in the thumb and next two or three fingers. People may also have pain in this distribution if when you tap on the median nerve of the wrist. Other tests which can confirm a diagnosis include nerve conduction studies and electromyography.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Exam

Physical exam gives a good idea whether symptoms are from carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve conduction can confirm the diagnosis and also show the severity of it as well.

In brief: Exam

Physical exam gives a good idea whether symptoms are from carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve conduction can confirm the diagnosis and also show the severity of it as well.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: History, exam, tests

While the majority of the diagnosis is made by a careful history and examination, confirmation often requires testing with nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or ultrasound.
This confirmation is important, as you do not want to undergo surgical release without being absolutely sure that the carpal tunnel is the source of the problem!

In brief: History, exam, tests

While the majority of the diagnosis is made by a careful history and examination, confirmation often requires testing with nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or ultrasound.
This confirmation is important, as you do not want to undergo surgical release without being absolutely sure that the carpal tunnel is the source of the problem!
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: CTS

In addition to a history and physical exam, an EMG and nerve conduction study can confirm CTS.

In brief: CTS

In addition to a history and physical exam, an EMG and nerve conduction study can confirm CTS.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: carpal tunnel synd

Here is a video i made a few years back sorry for the bear but it is good information <a href="http://www.
Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60;list=plcbd41f7a42e20469;index=4;feature=plpp_video" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60;list=plcbd41f7a42e20469;index=4;feature=plpp_video</a>.

In brief: carpal tunnel synd

Here is a video i made a few years back sorry for the bear but it is good information <a href="http://www.
Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60;list=plcbd41f7a42e20469;index=4;feature=plpp_video" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60;list=plcbd41f7a42e20469;index=4;feature=plpp_video</a>.
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