Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel symptoms can come out of nowhere and become a huge intrusion into your life. Researching a symptom that you are experiencing can be helpful to determine where you should start to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, this can be difficult with all the conflicting information available on the Internet. In addition, many people are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and have to be correctly diagnosed first. 

What to expect on your first appointment so you can receive the correct diagnosis of your symptoms:

  1. Data collection of your pain. This includes a history of your pain and review of diagnostic testing if you have had a x-ray, MRI, EMG, or nerve conduction studies performed (not necessary for the appointment).  If you have tingling or other sensations into your fingers it is very important that you can localize which fingers are involved. 
  2. Examination will depend on your case and may include examination of the hand, wrist, forearm, shoulder and/or neck. This examination involves measuring and evaluating how your joints move, determining if there is pathology present in your muscles or other soft tissue structures, and narrowing in on the source of your pain. 
  3. Your diagnosis is established based on all of the information and data collected during your appointment. The diagnosis will guide your next stage in care and determine the treatment that you need. 
  4. Dr. Phipps will explain everything in detail so you have a complete understanding of your pain.

For more detailed information, this 4 part series will give you the basics regarding tingling, numbness, and pain traveling into the fingers. 

Part 1: Carpal tunnel signs and symptoms

Part 2: Are you sure it’s carpal tunnel?

Part 3: Carpal tunnel and adhesion

Part 4: Carpal tunnel treatment options

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