Carpal Tunnel Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the tendons in the wrist swell and put pressure on the median nerve. Once that pressure is present upon the nerve, your fingers start going numb. The symptoms can get worse with certain activities, such as driving or performing repetitive motions. Sometimes, the anatomy of the wrist, or an underlying health condition can also contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid gland imbalance
- Repetitive hand or wrist motion over long periods of time
- Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually diagnosed with a test called an electromyogramor (EMG). This type of test checks the health of the muscles and the nerves which control the motor functions of the hands.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. These symptoms usually occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. You may first notice symptoms at night.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Conservative treatment is the first step in finding relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. This can start with wearing a carpal tunnel splint to reduce pain and inflammation. It also keeps your wrist secured and in a natural position which takes some of the pressure off the nerve. Some common chiropractic treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include chiropractic care of the wrist and arm. Because misalignment of the spine can contribute to carpal tunnel, treatment of the upper spine will be done as well. The main goal is to help restore the body's natural state of health.
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