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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) strikes when the median nerve located slightly above the wrist becomes compressed.  This bothersome condition often necessitates treatment to alleviate the symptoms.

What are the signs of CTS?  They tend to vary from one person to another, but here are some of the more common indications.

  • Pain in the hand and wrist (sometimes traveling up the arm)
  • Tingling (often at night but can also occur during the day)
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation in palm and/or fingers
  • Feelings of finger swelling without the visible signs
  • Loss of hand strength

Why causes carpel tunnel syndrome?  It typically occurs when people perform repetitive movements.  For example, individuals who work with their hands and ones who recurrently use a keyboard are more susceptible to the condition.  It is a common workers’ compensation claim because a number of people sustain this type of injury due to their jobs.  For instance, occupations like administrative assistant, factory worker, and carpenter seem to be at a higher risk.

How is CTS treated?  The best approach is a conservative one.  Here are some therapeutic measures to consider.

  • Wear a wristband.  A wristband or splint helps to stabilize the hand and wrist area.
  • Exercise. Targeted stretching and flexing techniques can reduce inflammation and ease discomfort.
  • Ice. Ice decreases swelling and helps calm painful symptoms.
  • Eat healthy and take supplements.  Foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables work to boost the immune system, while certain supplements, like resveratrol, reduce inflammation.
  • Visit with a chiropractor.  A chiropractor will evaluate the injury and employ conservative measures to alleviate the pain.  For example, a practitioner may use stretching exercises, ultrasound therapy, manipulation, cold lasers, wrist supports, and skillfully targeted massage.  In fact, two notable studies showed remarkable improvement in mobility, pain, and strength for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers following chiropractic care.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nagging condition that can interrupt an otherwise enjoyable life.  Fortunately, conservative treatment has proven to be effective in many cases.

So, if you suffer with hand or wrist pain, call Healing Hands Chiropractic Care today, and relief may be at your door tomorrow!