Jan 8, 2021

Interviewer: Starting to get some wrist pain. Maybe it's carpal tunnel. Well, maybe not. Dr. Douglass Hutchinson, what is carpal tunnel syndrome, and what are the symptoms?

Dr. Hutchinson: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common diagnosis, and, frankly it's commonly misdiagnosed. Carpal tunnel syndrome, primarily, is numbness in your fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not primarily wrist pain, so if you have wrist pain, it's a different story. Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness in most your fingers. Sometimes they feel as though it's all their fingers. Usually, it's the thumb, index, and third finger primarily. It usually comes at night because of the way we sleep, and that is part of the treatment right there is to change the way we sleep with our wrists bent.

Interviewer: So if you have numbness in your hand like that, visit your primary care provider for treatment options.

updated: January 8, 2021
originally published: March 6, 2019

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