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How do doctors diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Your doctor may focus on your wrist to see if the area is tender, swollen, warm, or discolored. He’ll probably test each finger to see if you’ve lost any feeling. And he’ll check the strength of the muscles in your hand.

After that, he may do or order any of the following tests. They’ll focus on the median nerve, which runs through your forearm into your hand. When that nerve gets pressed or squeezed through the carpal tunnel, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: “Peripheral Nerve Surgery: A Resources for Surgeons.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal tunnel syndrome: Diagnosis,” “Electromyography: “What you can expect.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 09, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: “Peripheral Nerve Surgery: A Resources for Surgeons.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal tunnel syndrome: Diagnosis,” “Electromyography: “What you can expect.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 09, 2017

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