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How is carpal tunnel syndrome typically diagnosed?

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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Usually Clinically

Carpal tunnel results from entrapment of median nerve & is typically a clinical diagnosis.
Common symptoms are numbness of palm, thumb, first 3 fingers & weak hand grip. Tapping the wrist over the nerve & bending the wrist forward may elicit these symptoms & aid in diagnosis. Nerve studies may be helpful, but typically are not used as the diagnosis is often easily made based on symptoms & history.

In brief: Usually Clinically

Carpal tunnel results from entrapment of median nerve & is typically a clinical diagnosis.
Common symptoms are numbness of palm, thumb, first 3 fingers & weak hand grip. Tapping the wrist over the nerve & bending the wrist forward may elicit these symptoms & aid in diagnosis. Nerve studies may be helpful, but typically are not used as the diagnosis is often easily made based on symptoms & history.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: History and exam

The history and physical examination will provide clues with the diagnosis of cts.
An EMG is the gold standard for the diagnosis.

In brief: History and exam

The history and physical examination will provide clues with the diagnosis of cts.
An EMG is the gold standard for the diagnosis.
Dr. Steven Arbit
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