There is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist, called the carpal tunnel. When the nerve in the carpal tunnel is compressed, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition causes numbness and tingling in the hand and wrist. It also causes arm and wrist pain. It can also make using your hands difficult. This is a relatively common condition, and it can be treated with regular visits to Frame Family Wellness Center.
Who Is at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Anyone can develop this condition. However, certain factors put you at greater risk.
- Your Job: Poor work ergonomics has a lot to do with developing this condition. If you spend your day flexing your wrist repetitively, you are at risk for this condition. Typing, using a mouse, and working on an assembly line are just a few types of jobs that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Injury: If you fractured or dislocated your wrist in the past, you are at higher risk. Also, if you have arthritis, it can cause this condition.
- Nerve-Damaging Conditions: If you have a condition that causes nerve damage, such as diabetes, it can cause damage to your median nerve, which causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Obesity: Studies have shown that there is a link between obesity and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Fluid Retention: When you retain water during pregnancy or menopause, it can irritate the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Sex: Women are more prone to carpal tunnel because the carpal tunnel area is smaller in women than in men.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
Your doctor will use the history of your symptoms as well as a physical exam to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. During the physical exam, your doctor will test the strength in your hands and the feeling in your fingers. To make a definitive diagnosis, they will bend your wrist and put pressure on the nerve to trigger the pain. Your doctor may recommend an X-ray to rule out other issues that could be causing the pain such as a fracture or arthritis. An electromyogram is useful in identifying muscle damage. This test can also rule out other conditions. A nerve conduction study is also helpful.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Medication can treat the pain of carpal tunnel. However, it is not a long-term solution to the problem. Surgery can also be effective, but it is incredibly invasive. Chiropractic care can treat the condition without the need for medication and surgery. Your median nerve begins in the cervical spine. A chiropractor can find the issues with your spinal vertebrae that could be compressing the nerves. They will also perform gentle manipulation of the wrist and the elbow. Over time, your symptoms will subside.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, our chiropractor at Frame Family Wellness Center in Toledo can help. We can create a treatment plan that will help relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with the condition. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.