How is pain characterized in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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  • The sensory symptoms above commonly are accompanied by an aching sensation over the ventral aspect of the wrist. This pain can radiate distally to the palm and fingers or, more commonly, extend proximally along the ventral forearm.

  • Pain in the epicondylar region of the elbow, upper arm, shoulder, or neck is more likely to be due to other musculoskeletal diagnoses (eg, epicondylitis) with which CTS commonly is associated. This more proximal pain also should prompt a careful search for other neurologic diagnoses (eg, cervical radiculopathy).

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