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Our Lake Charles Chiropractor Answers Carpal Tunnel FAQs
Extending from your forearm into your palm is the median nerve, a special nerve necessary for controlling thumb muscles and for allowing your palm and fingers (except your little finger) to feel sensations. At the base of your hand within the wrist's bones is a narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel, which houses tendons and the median nerve. When inflammation causes this carpal tunnel to swell and narrow even further, the median nerve is compressed and continuously irritated. Instead of surgery, many people with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) chose to receive chiropractic care from their Lake Charles-Sulphur chiropractor for the relief of pain and stiffness due to CTS.
Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
People who perform repetitive work with their hands or must hold their hands and wrists in the same position for extended periods are at risk for suffering carpal tunnel syndrome. Non-traumatic or non-disease causes of carpal tunnel syndrome develop over time, sometimes starting as slight twinges or tingling to the hands or fingers. Certain diseases may exacerbate or initiate carpal tunnel syndromes, such as rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and diabetes. Previous fractures of the wrist also increase the risk of carpal tunnel inflammation. In addition, women tend to suffer CTS more than men due to the smaller size of their carpal tunnel.
How Do I Know I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Hand numbness and weakness and pain in the wrist, hand and lower arm are classic signs of CTS. Driving a car, reading newspapers or holding your cell phone increases compression of the median nerve and may worsen pain. Some people experience radiating pain past their forearm and into their shoulder if the carpal tunnel is severely narrowed by inflammation. Resting the hand may bring pain relief until the affected hand performs movements that put renewed pressure on the median nerve.
How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Chiropractors rely on obtaining a person's description of their symptoms, when symptoms started and situations most likely to provoke symptoms. Your Sulphur chiropractor will also manipulate your wrist in specific ways to gain more support for a diagnosis of CTS. Tapping on certain nerves extending over the wrist may cause tingling sensations in the fingers indicative of CTS.
What Kind of Chiropractic Treatments Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain?
The origin of the median nerve is your cervical spine or the top three vertebrae at the base of your neck. Spinal adjustments to relieve pressure on the median nerve and wearing prescribed wrist supports can provide welcome relief for carpal tunnel pain. During treatment, your chiropractor will also focus on strengthening wrist muscles to reduce inflammation and expand the size of the carpal tunnel.
Contact Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab for More Information Today!
Before considering surgery or steroid injections for carpal tunnel syndrome, please call Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab at 337-421-0010 to schedule a consultation appointment with your Lake Charles-Sulphur chiropractor.