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Schuylkill Specialist – Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

What Are Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Carpal tunnel symptoms are very specific but other diseases have some of the same symptoms.   Carpal tunnel can have pain as a symptom however does not have to be present.  The symptoms are mainly tingling and numbness in the thumb, pointer finger, and the middle finger.  When carpal tunnel syndrome is advanced it also affects muscles in the hand.  Your grip becomes weak, especially strength when trying to hold the thumb and pointer finger together like in a OK sign.  Typically symptoms are worse at night.

What Are Tests For Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Your doctor should first do a clinical exam.  There are very specific tests that should be performed during the examination.  Some of the tests can be found here.  Many carpal tunnel tests are not very accurate for diagnosing carpal tunnel.  Make sure your doctor does the ones that are most accurate.  Some of these tests you can do to yourself at home.

What Are Some Other Problems That Have Symptoms Similar To Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

In this video and blog you can find more information about other causes that can cause numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.  Many pinched nerve problems in the arms, shoulders, and neck produce symptoms very similar to carpal tunnel symptoms.  Sometimes carpal tunnel symptoms and these other problems exist at the same time.

If you have tested yourself and believe you have carpal tunnel symptoms you may want to try these stretches.

This video walks you through carpal tunnel stretches that may be helpful.  You can do these at home.