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The Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a disorder resulting in the impingement of the Median nerve at the wrist junction where the Median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel.

Symptoms include numbness, paresthesia (pins and needles), pain and tingling sensations affecting the thumb, index, middle and sometimes one-half of the ring finger. (The affected fingers follow Median nerve distribution) Not all symptoms have to occur simultaneously nor do all the fingers have to be affected simultaneously.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome tends to occur once a muscle imbalance has developed in the hand and forearm. Eventually the muscle imbalance becomes too overwhelming, causing a joint imbalance due to unequal tension on the joints resulting in the compression of the median nerve.

Tests to diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include, Phalens, Reverse Phalens, Tinel Sign, Compression Test, Nerve Conduction, Muscle Velocity Testing and others.

"According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the nation's most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers, and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation. "
Treatments consist of both invasive and conservative therapy.

Invasive treatments include cortisone injections and surgical procedures while conservative treatments include massage therapy, stretching, exercising, ultrasound, sine wave, cold laser, physical therapy, chiropractic, hot/cold therapy and more.

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