N93 Carpal tunnel syndrome (ICD-10:G56.0)

January 19, 2024

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. This compression can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of the symptoms, causes, diagnostic steps, possible interventions, and lifestyle interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome.


– ICPC-2 Code: N93 Carpal tunnel syndrome
– ICD-10 Code: G56.0 Carpal tunnel syndrome


  • Pain and discomfort in the hand and wrist
  • Numbness or tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger
  • Weakness or clumsiness in the hand
  • Pain or tingling that may travel up the arm towards the shoulder


  • Repetitive hand and wrist movements
  • Prolonged use of vibrating hand tools
  • Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Wrist fractures or dislocations

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s symptoms, including the location, duration, and severity of pain and numbness
  • Ask about any activities or occupations that may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Inquire about any underlying medical conditions or previous injuries to the hand or wrist

Physical Examination

  • Assess the patient’s hand and wrist for swelling, tenderness, or deformities
  • Perform the Tinel’s test by tapping on the median nerve to elicit tingling or numbness
  • Conduct the Phalen’s test by flexing the wrist for 60 seconds to reproduce symptoms
  • Evaluate the patient’s grip strength and ability to perform fine motor tasks

Laboratory Tests

  • Blood tests to check for underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, or rheumatoid arthritis

Diagnostic Imaging

  • X-rays to rule out fractures or other bony abnormalities in the wrist and hand
  • Ultrasound to assess the size and shape of the median nerve and surrounding structures
  • MRI to visualize the soft tissues and rule out other causes of hand and wrist pain

Other Tests

  • Nerve conduction studies to measure the speed and strength of electrical signals in the nerves
  • Electromyography to assess the health of the muscles and nerves in the hand and forearm

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule a follow-up appointment to review test results and discuss treatment options
  • Educate the patient about the condition, including its causes, symptoms, and potential treatment options
  • Provide information on self-care measures, such as wrist splinting and ergonomic modifications, to alleviate symptoms

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Carpal tunnel syndrome:

  1. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (e.g., Ibuprofen, Naproxen):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $3-$20/month.
    • Contraindications: History of gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney disease.
    • Side effects: Upset stomach, heartburn, dizziness.
    • Severe side effects: Stomach ulcers, kidney damage.
    • Drug interactions: Blood thinners, certain blood pressure medications.
    • Warning: Prolonged use may increase the risk of cardiovascular events.
  2. Corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone, Methylprednisolone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $4-$30/month.
    • Contraindications: Active infections, uncontrolled diabetes.
    • Side effects: Increased appetite, weight gain, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Osteoporosis, adrenal suppression.
    • Drug interactions: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, certain anticoagulants.
    • Warning: Long-term use may lead to systemic side effects.
  3. Anticonvulsants (e.g., Gabapentin, Pregabalin):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the medication.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain.
    • Severe side effects: Suicidal thoughts, severe allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Opioids, certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: May cause dizziness or drowsiness, avoid driving or operating machinery.
  4. Muscle relaxants (e.g., Cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbamol):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $4-$20/month.
    • Contraindications: Glaucoma, urinary retention.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision.
    • Severe side effects: Severe allergic reactions, hallucinations.
    • Drug interactions: Alcohol, certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: Avoid alcohol and activities requiring mental alertness.
  5. Opioids (e.g., Oxycodone, Hydrocodone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Respiratory depression, paralytic ileus.
    • Side effects: Constipation, drowsiness, nausea.
    • Severe side effects: Respiratory depression, addiction.
    • Drug interactions: Benzodiazepines, certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: High risk of addiction and dependence, use with caution.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Topical NSAIDs (e.g., Diclofenac gel): Applied directly to the affected area for localized pain relief.
  • Capsaicin cream: Derived from chili peppers, it can help reduce pain and improve hand function.
  • Vitamin B6: May help alleviate symptoms by reducing inflammation and improving nerve function.
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine: Amino acid derivative that may have neuroprotective effects.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Carpal tunnel release surgery: Involves cutting the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve to relieve symptoms.
    • Cost: $2,000 to $5,000.
    • Contraindications: Active infections, severe medical conditions.
    • Side effects: Pain, swelling, infection.
    • Severe side effects: Nerve damage, scarring.
    • Drug interactions: N/A.
    • Warning: Recovery may take several weeks, hand therapy may be required.

Alternative Interventions

  • Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches to improve hand and wrist strength and flexibility. Cost: $50-$150 per session.
  • Splinting: Wearing a wrist splint at night to keep the wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on the median nerve. Cost: $20-$50 per splint.
  • Acupuncture: May help reduce pain and improve nerve function. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Chiropractic care: Manipulation of the spine and joints to alleviate nerve compression. Cost: $50-$200 per session.
  • Yoga: Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to improve hand and wrist function. Cost: $10-$20 per class.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Ergonomic modifications: Adjusting workstations and tools to reduce strain on the hand and wrist. Cost: Varies depending on the modifications needed.
  • Weight management: Losing excess weight can reduce pressure on the median nerve. Cost: Varies depending on the chosen weight loss program.
  • Hand and wrist exercises: Regularly performing exercises to improve hand and wrist strength and flexibility. Cost: Free.
  • Taking breaks: Taking regular breaks from repetitive hand and wrist movements to rest and stretch. Cost: Free.
  • Avoiding activities that worsen symptoms: Modifying or avoiding activities that exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Cost: Free.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized treatment recommendations and cost estimates.

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