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Video:Do You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

with Dr. Robert Fenell

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that affects the wrists and forearms. Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including tips on how to determine if you suffer from this.See Transcript

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Transcript:Do You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell, founder of HandAndFootClinicsOfAmerica.com and I'm here today on behalf of About.com to talk to you about whether or not you're suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Where In the Arm Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Occur?

You might be wondering if you're suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Let's talk about the symptoms associated with that condition. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is entrapment of the median nerve, a large nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel, right here in your wrist -- right where the wrist bends. There are actually 8 bones that make up the carpal, or wrist, area. These 8 bones are arranged into a horseshoe shape, where they form 3 sides or 3 borders, to the carpal tunnel. The fourth border to the carpal tunnel is comprised of a ligament that spans across.

What Happens With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

When this median nerve becomes impinged in the wrist, due to the misalignment of these 8 carpal bones, this can cause numbness, tingling or burning sensations into the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome proper, does not include numbness or burning or tingling in the palm of the hand. If you have numbness, tingling and burning in the palm of your hand, there is a different condition that's going on, possibly along with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or possibly by itself.

How Is Pronator Teres Syndrome Related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

A condition that occurs a little higher up in the arm is known as Pronator Teres Syndrome. Pronator Teres Syndrome also involves the median nerve, as the median nerve pierces the two bellies of the pronator teres muscle, located right here in the forearm. Where that nerve passes through the two bellies of the muscle, it can become impinged or entrapped, eliciting a numbness, tingling and burning sensation into the palm of the hand and possibly even the thumb and fingers.

Tips for Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

So you want to make sure even before you receive treatment, that you get a clear, accurate diagnosis of what exactly is going on, in your wrist and hand condition. You can even have problems in your shoulder or cervical spine or neck spine, causing symptoms of numbness, tingling and burning into the fingers and hand. So be certain to consult your chiropractor, who specializes in hand-related conditions or your primary care physician to get a proper diagnosis and seek the best health care for your condition.

Thanks so much for joining me today. If you would like to find out more, please visit us online at About.com.

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