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Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome After An Accident

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

You were injured in an accident and you think you may be getting carpal tunnel syndrome. It brings up the question, how is carpal tunnel diagnosed?

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The culprit in carpal tunnel syndrome is entrapment of the median nerve. The median nerve travels down the forearm, through the carpal tunnel and supplies function to the thumb, next two fingers, and part of the ring finger in some people.

People may complain of pain, cramping, numbness, tingling, waking up at night or even weakness in their hand.

The first part of diagnosis is taking a good history from the patient. Once the history is done and the doctor suspects carpal tunnel. There are pretty much two physical tests that can be done.

The first one is Tinel's sign. The doctor will tap along the median nerve to see if it reproduces some of the patient's symptoms. The next test is called Phalen's test. In Phalen's test, you have the patient put their hands like this and you hold it for 15 or 30 seconds and you go ahead and see if it reproduces the symptoms.

Again, what they are doing is closing off the area where the median nerves runs. If those two tests are positive or the doctor thinks that that there may be carpal tunnel syndrome going on, they may recommend some electro-diagnostic testing.

These come in two flavors. The NCV or nerve conduction velocity test, which measures the sensory component or feeling component of the nerve. The EMG or electromyography test measures the motor or strength component of the nerve.

This is how carpal tunnel is diagnosed. I share this great information with you because if you have an understanding what is going on you will be compliant with your doctor's recommendations and you will understand how the problem started and what can happen to fix it.

If you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana accident case, you can always give me a call at (219) 874-4878.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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