ZocdocAnswersDoes the Flexor Carpi Radialis become less visible from carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Does the Flexor Carpi Radialis become less visible from carpal tunnel syndrome?

wrist, palm, thumb and index and middle finger pain

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Wrist, hand and finger pain can have multiple causes, therefore I recommend that you see your doctor or healthcare professional for a formal evaluation, testing if needed, and treatment. As you mention, carpal tunnel syndrome is a common malady that can result in pain, tingling and numbness in the median nerve distribution of the hand. This distribution includes sensation of the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the radial side of the ring finger on the palm side of the hand. Common symptoms include tingling and numbness with use of that hand. Two tests performed to evaluate for carpal tunnel syndrome are Phalen's and Tinel's test, which your physician can perform in clinic. Generally, tingling and numbness are more common symptoms than just pain for this condition. The flexor carpi radialis does not change visibility with carpal tunnel. However, there are multiple other causes of pain in the hand and wrist. Trauma resulting in damage to the bones, joints and ligaments may create pain with movement. Strain or tearing of the tendons in the hand may also create pain and weakness. If you have any recent history of trauma to your hand, please discuss this with your doctor. Arthritis of the hand and wrist can also lead to pain.

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