Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome?

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Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome?

Call Us Today – (302) 539-7063

Suffering From Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has many symptoms, and they’re usually obvious. Tingling or numbness in the fingers or hand. A sensation that feels like an electric shock. Pain that travels from your wrist up the arm. These symptoms may happen while holding a steering wheel, phone, or magazine, or the sensation may wake you from sleep. Chiropractors can help treat carpal tunnel syndrome and offer ways to minimize how much it affects your life.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

CTS occurs in the median nerve that runs from the hand to the forearm. Pain or numbness happens when the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel, a narrow tunnel at the wrist containing up of bones and nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

How to Know if You Have CTS

Noticing weakness in handling or controlling objects is an indicator of CTS. Many people also report a weakness in the hand and drop items because the median nerve controls the thumb’s pinching muscles. Unfortunately, numbness or pain may become constant over time.

Research from organizations such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates several risk factors can increase the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although these factors may not directly cause carpal tunnel syndrome, they may increase the risk of irritation or damage to the median nerve.

Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Anatomic Factors

A wrist fracture or dislocation, or arthritis that deforms the small bones in the wrist, can alter the space within the carpal tunnel and put pressure on the median nerve.

Body Fluid Changes

Fluid retention may increase the pressure within the carpal tunnel, irritating the median nerve. and is common during pregnancy and menopause. CTS associated with pregnancy generally gets better on its own after pregnancy.

Inflammatory Conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions with an inflammatory component can affect the lining around the tendons in your wrist and put pressure on the median nerve.

Medications

Some studies show a link between carpal tunnel syndrome and the use of anastrozole (Arimidex), a drug used to treat breast cancer.

Nerve-damaging Conditions

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, can increase the risk of nerve damage, including damage to the median nerve.

Obesity

Obesity is a known risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your Sex

Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally more common in women, which may be because the carpal tunnel area is relatively smaller in women than in men. Also, women who have CTS may have smaller carpal tunnels than women who don’t have the condition.

The Workplace

Working with vibrating tools or work actions requiring prolonged or repetitive wrist flexing may create pressure on the median nerve. If the work is done in a cold environment, existing nerve damage can worsen.

How to Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are no one-size-fits-all strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. There are ways to minimize stress on the hands and wrists. Here are six methods you can try:

  • Reduce the force. Try using less pressure on the computer keyboard or cash registers. When doing handwriting for long periods, use a thicker diameter pen with an oversized, soft grip and free-flowing ink.
  • Take short, frequent breaks. Gently stretch and flex hands and wrists regularly. Alternate tasks when possible. This is especially important if using equipment that vibrates or requiring a significant amount of force. A short break for a few minutes each hour can make a difference.
  • Watch your form. Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down – a relaxed middle position is best. Make sure your computer keyboard is at elbow height or slightly lower.
  • Improve your posture. An incorrect posture rolls the shoulders forward, shortening neck and shoulder muscles and compressing nerves in the neck. Bad posture often affects your wrists, fingers, and hands and can cause neck pain.
  • Change your computer mouse. Choose a computer mouse that’s comfortable and doesn’t strain your wrist.
  • Keep your hands warm. As noted, a colder environment increases the possibility of developing hand pain and stiffness. If you can’t alter the temperature at work, put on fingerless gloves that keep your hands and wrists warm.

When to See a Chiropractor

If these methods are not enough, remember that a doctor of chiropractic – a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal conditions – can provide solutions, too. A chiropractor will perform a comprehensive examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck to determine if the symptoms are connected to daily activities or an underlying disorder. Chiropractors also evaluate overall spinal health, look at medical history, and review daily routines. For doctors of chiropractic, the goal is to relieve pain and optimize health without medication or surgery. After an initial assessment, a chiropractor’s recommended therapy might include:
  • Instructions for resting the affected hand and wrist
  • Mobilization of the wrist and hand
  • Specific stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Applying cold packs to reduce swelling
  • Soft-tissue mobilization techniques
  • Other non-invasive solutions, such as yoga
  • Chiropractic joint manipulation
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