How to screen for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequently encountered condition where the median nerve gets compressed in the wrist, causing numbness, tingling and occasionally weakness of the affected hand. This condition is very common in occupations that require a lot of grasping, pinching or squeezing, especially if using vibrating tools. As shown in this brief video, you can perform Phalen’s test and check for Tinel’s sign which, when positive, suggest that the symptoms in your hand might be due to Carpal tunnel syndrome. Further testing is then indicated at a physician’s office…..Richard R Samuel, MD Family Practice and Urgent Care Hayden, ID USA

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