How Do I Know If I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – or Something Else Altogether?

Watch a bicycle racer and you’ll notice a great deal of the rider’s weight is focused on the feet and hands. Sure, riders do sit back on the bicycle seat, however when pushing up a hill, accelerating or fighting for position, a great deal of weight is on the hands, which not only steer, but also slow the bike as the rider grips the brake handles.

For this very reason, a lot of bicycle racers and cross-country bike tourists suffer from an ailment that acts a lot like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Indeed, in the Tour de France and the other famous bicycle races, more and more riders have non-traditional handlebars that extend out in front with supports for the forearm.

These new bars allow the rider to be more aerodynamic but were actually developed to prevent “cyclist’s palsy,” which causes numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the hands and wrist.
Is cyclist’s palsy just another name for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS)? Not at all. There are distinct differences. Cyclist’s palsy affects as many as 25 percent of serious cyclists – and is treated easily by wearing padded gloves that cushion the wrist and prevent the rider’s weight from resting on the ball of the hand.

And Cyclist’s palsy isn’t the only ailment that mimics Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS).
A number of doctors insist that vast numbers of sufferers often have something other than Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS). However, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has received so much publicity that some worry that it has become the stylish condition of the moment, particularly for unskilled workers on production lines.

Some workers are motivated by exaggerated reports of large settlements paid to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) patients. Others jump at the chance to be declared permanently disabled so they can take early retirement.

So, some people want to be diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS).

So, do you really have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS)?

Don’t be so quick to self-diagnose. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) produces a variety of symptoms that range from mild to extreme. Usually the discomfort worsens over time.
But it’s entirely possible that you have something else.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) patients report numbness, tingling and burning sensations in their thumb and fingers. Pain also can develop in the arm and shoulder. Swelling of the hand increases at night.

However, diagnosis can be difficult since so many other conditions mimic Carpel Tunnel Syndrome(CTS).

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