Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common peripheral neuropathy; however, its symptoms are such that they are often overlooked by patients or misdiagnosed by their primary care physicians or nurse practitioners, leading to progression of the condition so severe that sometimes even surgical options will be of little benefit. This article reviews current literature on carpal tunnel syndrome and its signs and symptoms, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and treatment options.
Jennifer Maffei, BN RN, is an associate nurse unit manager and clinical support nurse at Austin Health, Victoria, Australia.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Andrew Scanlon, BN RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a neurosurgery nurse practitioner (candidate) at the Department of Neurosurgery, Austin Health, and a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University/Austin Health Clinical School of Nursing, Victoria, Australia.