Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Forpatients withsymptoms of numbness, burning, tingling, itching pain and
aching along the thumb, and fingers, or decreased grip strength and difficulty
sleeping due to pain, carpal tunnel syndrome is suspected.
Our neurologists or neurosurgeons will perform a thorough physical examination
of hands, shoulders, arms and neck and willorder tests that rule out other
diseases, such as arthritis, fractures, diabetes and other conditions.
A carpal tunnel diagnosis is confirmed by electromyogram (EMG) and the
measurement of nerve conduction velocities (NCVs) which show a slowed
conduction of the median nerve at the wrist.