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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is bilateral carpal tunnel causing hip and spine pain?

    Had failed carpal tunnel release on right wrist, now I seem to have nerve issues, not sure if the spine and hips are related. I feel fatigued from pain and sleep problems, I have also burning an itching sensations.
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    Dr Chien-Wen Liew

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Adelaide Orthopaedic HIP, KNEE and SHOULDER Surgeon specialising in Sports Injury and Joint Replacement. View Profile

    It is highly unlikely that you carpal tunnel symptoms are related to your back or hip. 

    The first step here is determining the correct diagnosis. A full history and examination, followed by a combination of ultrasound, and nerve conduction studies will provide the answer as to what yuo are experiencing. If you truly have carpal tunnel syndrome, then it is usually easily treated with either splints, anti-inflammatories and injections; or with a carpal tunnel release. 

    I noticed that you say you've had a failed carpal tunnel release. This is unusual, and may suggest that you have more going on. 

    If you are having nerve related symptoms, it is important not to overlook the possibility that your symptoms are coming from your neck. In the neck, there are multiple nerves that supply your arms and hands. A full physical examination can usually show whether your nerve issues are coming from your neck or from the nerves around your wrist. 

    An MRI scan of your neck may be the next logical step. 

    Unfortunately your hip is unlikely to be related to anything going on here, so would need a separate review. 

    I hope this helps to answer your question.

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