Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common painful condition that affects the hand, wrist, and occasionally the entire upper extremity. CTS causes pain, numbness and burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (except the little finger). Severity of symptoms can be mild as well as severe.
Consult a doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms suggestive of a significant medical problem:
If you have mild pain or discomfort in the hands, you may try home treatment for 1 - 2 weeks before calling your doctor. However if there is no improvement with home treatment or you notice new symptoms, consult your doctor.
Who to consult
Some health professionals who can be consulted for symptoms such as pain, numbness and burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers include:
Your primary doctor may refer you to a specialist for further testing or evaluation. Specialist to whom you may be referred to include:
Treatment for CTS can be given by:
If surgery is needed, you may be sent to:
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