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Pain, numbness or tingling in one or both hands may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition estimated to affect as many as 6 percent of adults in the U.S. at some point in their lives.

King’s Daughters physical medicine specialist Scott Akers, M.D., will perform free screenings for carpal tunnel syndrome in May. Appointments begin at 2 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:  

  • Tuesday, May 7 on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at the Martin County Public Library, 180 E. Main St., Inez
  • Tuesday, May 21 on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at Tractor Supply, 980 Third St., Paintsville.

The screening consists of a brief review of symptoms and a screening nerve conduction test, which involves a low-level electrical stimulation of the nerves serving the hands. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

The exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome isn’t known, but risk factors include:

  • having had a wrist fracture or dislocation
  • chronic diseases such as diabetes
  • inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • pregnancy
  • menopause
  • obesity
  • thyroid disorders
  • kidney failure
  • occupational factors such as working with vibrating tools or assembly line work that requires prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist

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