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What are the main symptoms and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome?
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Dr. Todd Guyette
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: No
Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist.
The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The mainstay of carpal tunnel management is night time splints, steroid injections, and only when those fail is surgery recommended.

In brief: No
Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist.
The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The mainstay of carpal tunnel management is night time splints, steroid injections, and only when those fail is surgery recommended.
Dr. Todd Guyette
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Numbness tingling
Compression of the nerve is the hallmark and initial presenting factor which initiall leads to soreness and numbness tingling effecting the thumb, index, long and half of the ring finger. With severe disease, muscle weakness of the hand and clumsiness may develop.
Test, elevation, compression and decreased inflammation with a spilnt are typically the first interventions.

In brief: Numbness tingling
Compression of the nerve is the hallmark and initial presenting factor which initiall leads to soreness and numbness tingling effecting the thumb, index, long and half of the ring finger. With severe disease, muscle weakness of the hand and clumsiness may develop.
Test, elevation, compression and decreased inflammation with a spilnt are typically the first interventions.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Pain and tingling
It usually starts with pain and tingling or numbness in the thumb, index and 1/2 of the middle finger. If left to progress long enough it can lead to weakness and loss of grip strength.
Anti-inflammatories, stretches, night splints are usually the first line of treatment. If ineffective injections in the carpal tunnel, pt and even surgery can be used.

In brief: Pain and tingling
It usually starts with pain and tingling or numbness in the thumb, index and 1/2 of the middle finger. If left to progress long enough it can lead to weakness and loss of grip strength.
Anti-inflammatories, stretches, night splints are usually the first line of treatment. If ineffective injections in the carpal tunnel, pt and even surgery can be used.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Tingling
Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treatment options: rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space, cortisone injection, carpal tunnel release surgery (endoscopic).

In brief: Tingling
Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treatment options: rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space, cortisone injection, carpal tunnel release surgery (endoscopic).
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess
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