Self Test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Often a family Doctor, Personal Healthcare Provider, or Emergency Room Doctor will have you perform simple non-invasive tests that will provide a strong indication of whether or not you are experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is a common nerve disorder. There are two simple tests that are commonly performed by Doctors:
1) Phalen’s Maneuver
2) Tinel’s Sign
In Phalen’s Maneuver, the wrists are touched together in force flexion with the elbows extended and the hands pointing down toward the ground parallel to each other as in the photograph above.
A patient is asked to hold this position for sixty seconds. If a state of Paresthesias is produced during this time in the area of the hand that is controlled by the Median Nerve, then it is concluded that the patient likely has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Paresthesia is a medical term which basically means a tingling sensation or the familiar “pins and needles” sensation a person feels when a limb is “falling asleep”. Another common sensation where Paresthesias is encountered is when someone strikes their elbow on an edge of a counter or desk and the say they hit their “funny bone”.
Some people describe it as a tickling or prickling sensation or even sometimes as a burning sensation.
Phalen’s Maneuver could easily be performed as a Self-Test for Carpal Tunnel at home to get an indication confirming that you likely have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or you likely do not have this chronic condition of the hand and wrist.