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Making a DiagnosisWhen diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome, a healthcare provider will begin by asking a number of questions and performing a physical exam. If there are several possibilities for a person's symptoms, he or she may also recommend certain tests to look at how the median nerve is functioning. The healthcare provider will also consider a number of other conditions that share symptoms with carpal tunnel syndrome before diagnosing the condition.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel SyndromeOnce a diagnosis has been made, the healthcare provider will either recommend a non-surgical option or surgery for treating carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Your current symptoms
- How long you have had them
- What is causing your symptoms
- What was found during the physical exam and other tests
- What has been tried in the past.
- Splinting the wrist
- Activity modifications
- Medications, such as steroid injections
- Exercises (see Carpal Tunnel Exercises)
- Physical therapy.