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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pathway

Before your appointment

To get ready for your appointment with your healthcare provider:

  • Write down what symptoms you are feeling, when they started, how often they happen, how long they last, and what makes them better or worse. Use a symptom tracker (PDF) to help you remember information about your symptoms.
  • Make a list of your questions and concerns. When you’re done, mark the things that are most important to you.
  • Make a list of the prescription and non-prescription (over the counter) medicines you use, including any vitamins, herbs, creams and ointments, and supplements.
  • Ask someone you trust to go with you to your appointment. They can help you ask questions, write down instructions, and remember explanations.
  • Bring a pen and paper and plan to write notes during the visit. Or you can record the conversation using your phone or an app like the Alberta Health Services My Care Conversations app.

Common symptoms you may have with carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • numbness and tingling in the wrist, hand, and fingers (people often notice this when they first wake up in the morning, but this symptom can happen at other times)
  • pain in the wrist, hand, and fingers
  • having trouble doing fine motor tasks like doing up your buttons or opening jars
  • feeling clumsy with your hands, like dropping things

Carpal tunnel syndrome pathway map

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pathway

Download or print the full patient pathway (PDF) and summary (one-page PDF) to learn more about how to manage and treat Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Patient Pathway      Summary  ​​​​​​​​​​

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