How Do We Treat Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the result of pressure on the median nerve as it travels under the palmar carpal ligament into the palm of the hand. The median nerve innervates the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. The ulnar nerve innervates the other side of the ring finger and the pinky finger. There is left and right median nerve so you can suffer from CTS in either the left or right hand or in some instances, both hands simultaneously. Our office can treat your your Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Inflammation in the wrist can compress the median nerve causing numbness, weakness, and tingling in the areas innervated by the median nerve.
Pain in the carpal tunnel is caused by excessive pressure in the wrist irritating the median nerve. In fact, the most common causes of this inflammation are actually medical conditions that causes swelling in the wrist and if severe enough, will obstruct blood flow to the hand. However, the health conditions that are most often linked with carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- High blood pressure
- Fractures or overuse injuries in the wrist
- Fluid retention resulting from pregnancy or menopause
- Thyroid disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders
The most commonly known cause of Carpal tunnel syndrome is overuse injuries from repetitive motion. This repeated motion of the wrist creates swelling and compression of the median nerve.
Therefore, activities that can cause these symptoms are:
- Repeated motions that overextends the wrist like playing a musical instrument or excessive computer work. Prolonged exposure to vibration from using hand tools or power tools can also cause CTS.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is most frequently diagnosed in people between the ages of 30 and 60 and women are three times as likely to experience CTS symptoms as men.
Preventable causes of CTS include smoking, high salt intake, sedentary lifestyle, and a high body mass index (BMI). These all contribute to the health conditions listed above that can cause or worsen the symptoms of CTS.
Some occupations that can cause Carpal tunnel syndrome due to repetitive motion can include:
- Work requiring repetitive motions like those on an assembly line
- Occupations requiring long periods of typing on keyboards or adding machines
- Manual labor jobs like construction work and landscaping
Usually, the symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome will usually travel along the path of the median nerve resulting in the hand “falling asleep” or causing you to drop objects or have difficulty picking things up.
Other symptoms can include:
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in the thumb and first three fingers of the hand
- Pain or burning in the wrist that sometimes travels up the arm
- Pain in the wrist pain that can interfere with sleep
- Loss of grip strength that can make it difficult to pick up objects or result in unintentionally dropping them.
Typically, chiropractors can typically diagnose CTS through by simply asking a few questions and performing a brief exam and if necessary taking x-rays of the cervical spine or wrist.
Another Cause of Wrist Pain and Weakness
The median nerve originates in the neck and passes through the shoulder, upper arm, forearm and finally the wrist.
Because of this, chiropractors don’t just focus on the numbness or pain in the hand, they will examine the areas that the median nerve travels through:
- Cervical spine
- Gleno-humeral joint (shoulder)
Furthermore, once the actual cause of your symptoms is determined, our office can use a variety of treatments to treat your problem. These can include:
Also, other methods we may use to treat your Carpal tunnel symptoms include:
- Making temporary modifications to the activities that are causing your symptoms
- Ergonomic changes to your desk or work station
- Use of a wrist splint at night to prevent aggravating your condition
- Supplements like Ginger, Resveratrol (combined with Curcumin), and Boswellia which help reduce inflammation
If you are experiencing symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our office at (303) 463-0722 for a FREE consultation to find out how to treat your Carpal tunnel syndrome.