How to Diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the First Signs

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 AT 3:45 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

Living in the age of technology, cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other digital devices have become necessary in our daily lives. As technology sprints forward, cell phones and other handheld devices are even becoming a compulsion for younger-aged children. In fact, it seems almost rare to pass teenagers not texting as they walk through the grocery store or home from school. What you might not know however, is such an addiction stresses their ligaments. These repetitious hand movements can result in damage to the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome.

We’ve heard of carpal tunnel syndrome due to overuse of the computer keyboard and mouse, but now even the newest technology is contributing to the stress of our wrists and hands. Carpal Tunnel derives its name from the carpal passageway, found in the wrist. This tunnel houses the carpal bones of the wrist and is covered with the transverse carpal ligament.

The median nerve, which runs through your forearm to your hand, travels through this tunnel and controls feeling in the palm side of the thumb and long fingers.  When the median nerve becomes pinched or swollen due to overuse and repetitive activities, or the carpal tunnel compresses due to thickening or swollen tendons, pain will radiate from the forearm through the fingers. Symptoms include numbness of the fingers, burning in the wrist, and even the loss of the ability to grasp objects.

If you are experiencing wrist pain, don’t hold off on diagnosis. Acknowledge the warning signs and choose to confirm the cause of your wrist pain to prevent further injury. At Park Avenue Radiologists, our technicians and staff are equipped for your imaging needs. Get an MRI in New York City with the comfort and accuracy you deserve, so doctors can diagnosis and treat your wrist pain before it worsens. Learn about our MRI in NYC:

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