Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy, or “pinched nerve” injury, that we see here at Caron Chiropractic in St. Paul, Minnesota. This isn’t very surprising given that it is also the most common entrapment neuropathy in the United States as a whole. Many modern lifestyle practices can increase your risk of developing this injury. Learn more about the importance of receiving carpal tunnel treatment with chiropractic care in St. Paul.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy that occurs when one of the main nerves in the hand is pinched at the point where it passes through the wrist. The median nerve, along with some tendons, runs from the forearm and into the hand through the wrist in a passageway called the carpal tunnel. Irritation and swelling of the tendons or other parts of the wrist can cause the nerve to become compressed as it goes through this narrow passage. This can compromise the nerves ability to properly innervate the hand, causing pain and other symptoms.
How Do I Know If I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The best way to know for sure is to have an assessment by a trained professional such as a chiropractor. But there are some key, common symptoms to watch for that might mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome. These include:
- Burning, tingling or itchy numbness in the palm and fingers, mainly the thumb, index and middle fingers.
- Pain, weakness and numbness in the hand and wrist
- Feeling like the hand and fingers are swollen, even when no swelling is apparent
- Weakness or clumsiness in the hand, feeling like the fingers are “useless” and decreased grip strength
- Gradual onset of symptoms that is worse in the evening or at night
How Can I Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Treatment by a licensed chiropractor can help alleviate your symptoms and allow the nerve to heal. In addition, this noninvasive treatment can help you develop healthy habits that prevent the issue from happening again. For severe cases, surgery is sometimes an option. It is worth noting that these surgeries should be a last resort because, like any invasive surgery, they carry the risk of unintended, negative effects. In addition, these surgeries may not address the initial cause of the entrapment so the benefit may not be permanent.
If you live in or near St. Paul, Minnesota and believe that you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, Caron Chiropractic can help. Our team of experienced chiropractors can help pinpoint the issue and get you started on a path to relief and healthier habits that promote your long-term health. If you’re in pain now, don’t wait! Early treatment is most effective and can save you a lot of pain and suffering in conquering your carpal tunnel syndrome. Please give us a call today at 651-255-9999 to book a consultation with one of our licensed chiropractors and start feeling better sooner.