Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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.