Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist, either directly by the transverse carpal ligament or indirectly by increased pressure within the carpal tunnel caused by swelling of the contents of the carpal tunnel. 

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can vary but usually consist of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and one side of the ring finger. This pattern of numbness in the hand can vary but usually the little finger is not involved, unless the ulnar nerve is also affected. 

The base of thumb muscles can also be affected in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and weakness or wasting of these muscles can occur. Often the symptoms of numbness occur at night due to the wrist being either excessively flexed or extended. Symptoms can also occur during the day with activity such as driving or typing. Sometimes a feeling of clumsiness or loss of dexterity when manipulating small objects is a symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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At The Gold Coast Carpal Tunnel Clinic we offer image guided injections of corticosteroid under ultrasound guidance which is much safer and more accurate than  injections without image guidance. Some doctors are still happy to perform these injections without ultrasound guidance and it is up to your individual doctor to decide how to do the injection.

Usually if the the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are mild or the NCS are normal conservative management such as splinting (particularly at night), hand therapy or corticosteroid injection into the carpal tunnel may be tried. 

Most doctors will send you off for nerve conduction studies (NCS) to diagnose this problem. Sometimes the diagnosis is so clear-cut that NCS are not needed.

Click Here to visit YourMD to see if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. You can download the app but it's easier just to use the website at https://www.your.md/.

Once on the YourMD website click on the symptom checker button on the top right and follow the prompts. If you have problems with the YourMD website call our staff for assistance on 5531 2222.




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