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Shoulder, Elbow & Hand FAQ

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts gradually, with an aching sensation in your wrist that often extends to your forearm or hand. Other symptoms that can indicate carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Tingling and/or numbness in your fingers or hand, usually felt in the thumb, index, middle or ring finger. The feeling gets stronger when holding objects such as a phone or remote control.
  • Pain extending the length of the arm, especially after repetitive use. The pain is usually felt on the palm side of your forearm.
  • A feeling of weakness in your hands, as though it's hard to get a firm grip on objects.

What are the symptoms of “tennis elbow”?

The primary symptoms of tennis elbow are elbow pain that gradually worsens, pain that radiates from the elbow to the forearm and hand and the inability to form a strong grasp.

When should I see a doctor for tennis elbow?

Many problems go away with time and rest.

Avoid the activity that caused the pain for at least two or three weeks. Ice your elbow several times a day and take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

If your pain continues, see your physician, who will examine you and recommend other treatments.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Soreness at the base of the finger is one of the first signs. Painful clicking when flexing the finger that worsens after resting is the most common symptom.

What causes trigger finger?

Repetitive use of the finger and thumb or medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause trigger finger. Prolonged grasping of objects can also worsen the condition.

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