Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very painful condition. It’s becoming increasingly common. One of the main causes is repetitive motion done with the wrists. Typing and working at a computer are common culprits. Assembly line workers often suffer from the condition, as do hair stylists and musicians. People who do a lot of knitting or sewing might also develop it. It’s important to seek carpal tunnel syndrome treatment quickly, as it will get worse without treatment and may lead to permanent damage.
There are several signs and symptoms to take seriously. Typical signs are weakness, numbness, or tingling in your hands. This is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which goes the length of your arm and controls the feeling and movement in the thumb and fingers, except the pinky. It passes through the wrist via the carpal tunnel. Pain is usually due to swelling in the tunnel. While symptoms usually start intermittently, without carpal tunnel syndrome treatment, you can gradually lose strength in the muscles in your hand. The pain will also get worse, and there can be a loss of feeling, strength and coordination in the fingers.
Electromyography (EMG) Will Help Your Doctor Prescribe Treatment
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome starts with diagnostic testing. Your doctor will order a nerve conduction study (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). The test measures the electrical activity in the muscles. Healthy muscles give off electrical signals with characteristic size, shape, and sound. Damaged muscles and nerves will produce quite different signals. The doctor will be able to analyze the results of the test and find the location and extent of nerve damage, if any.
The test is pretty simple. Why you lie comfortably, a small needle is inserted into the problematic muscles. Movement is measured while you flex and relax the muscles. The test may cause some discomfort, but not enough to need anaesthesia. The nerve conduction study is done by attaching wires to your hand, then sending a small electrical impulse through the wire to measure the muscles’ response. The impulse may cause some brief tingling, but it’s not painful.
Learn more about how testing for carpal tunnel syndrome is done by watching a video of Dr. Sean Bamshad of Precision Medical Group discussing the test. Contact the medical group to get the best EMG testing done in Southern California.