When a patient visits a doctor for hand discomfort or tingling, carpal tunnel syndrome is often the diagnosis. There are other conditions that have similar symptoms. In order for a proper diagnosis to be confirmed, a physician may perform orthopedic and neurological tests, including specialty electrodiagnostic tests, such as an EMG (electromyography or NCS (Nerve conduction studies).
The treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome will vary based on the severity of the symptoms. Oftentimes, the first method used is resting the hand, modifying work activity, and applying ice packs to reduce swelling. If, after a few weeks, the symptoms do not improve, other treatment options may be tried, including wrist splinting, over the counter medications, corticosteroid injections and surgery.
The best way to determine the severity of your condition is to rate yourself with these simple questions.
Discomfort and pain in the forearm, wrist or hand can be a symptom of a variety of conditions, including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel or a sprain. Answering this question will not definitively determine the cause of your wrist discomfort.
If you answer yes to this question, you are experiencing a neurological condition caused by irritation or compression of a nerve. There are many causes for this including carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy stemming from diabetes, stroke, a vitamin deficiency, injury of the brachial plexus, or spinal nerve root impingement.
If you are experiencing weakness in your hand or arm, it could be a symptom of a more severe neurological compression or other medical condition. Oftentimes, this results from a nerve problem in the neck, shoulder or back.
In order to receive a proper diagnosis, you must have a physical exam to determine the severity of the symptoms and evaluate the various treatment options for your symptoms. There are a variety of alternative treatments available that can help relieve your symptoms without the need of injections, medications or surgery. These include chiropractic treatment, cold laser therapy and rehabilitation.
Wrist discomfort can be a symptom of a variety of medical conditions. In order to effectively treat wrist pain, numbness and discomfort, a proper diagnosis is needed. Once your physician determines the cause of your wrist discomfort, your doctor can proceed with the recommended treatment for carpal tunnel, including chiropractic adjustments, cold light therapy, rehabilitation, splitting, corticosteroids and over the counter medications. Physicians tend to avoid surgery until all other avenues of treatment have been attempted.
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