Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: 4 to 10 million Americans

Patient Education - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: "CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME is affecting 4 to 10 million Americans.
  • Mediracer or ENMG can be used for diagnosis.


Carpal tunnel - a syndrome name so well known that nearly everyone has heard of it. Unfortunately, given this widespread familiarity, people often attribute any discomfort or pain in the hand or wrist to carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common, affecting 4 to 10 million Americans, and usually very treatable. However, there are many other conditions which can cause similar complaints. It is important to know the difference.

+ What it is + How it's treated
+ What causes it + Points to remember
+ Who gets it + To find a rheumatologist
+ How it's diagnosed + For more information

Fast Facts

  • The main symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness of the fingers.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome may interfere with hand strength and sensation, and cause a decrease in hand function.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome can be effectively treated with medications, splinting, steroid injections in the wrist and/or hand surgery.

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