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Talking to Your Doctor About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What else could account for these symptoms?
- Given my work or lifestyle, how concerned should I be about developing carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Since I do repetitive hand motions at work, what can I do to reduce my risk of carpal tunnel syndrome?
- I've heard there are several ways to treat this condition. Which treatment will be the most effective and long lasting for me?
- I can't seem to make all the lifestyle changes at once. Which are the most important to attempt first?
- Should I explore a change of occupation, either permanent or temporary?
- Among my other job possibilities, which are the best options for my condition?
- Can carpal tunnel syndrome cause permanent disability?
- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014