Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The Carpal Tunnel, a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. This can result in pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, which can radiate up the arm. It is possible that these painful sensations may indicate other conditions, however, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms tend to begin gradually. These symptoms can include frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some people who suffer from Carpal Tunnel say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even when little or no swelling is apparent. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms often begin to show at night in one or both hands due to the fact that many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause decreased grip strength making it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments North Oaks MN
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome should be as conservative and as noninvasive as possible. Many sufferers of carpal tunnel have found pain relief without the use of drugs or surgery. Surgery has mixed outcomes and should be viewed only as a last resort after all conservative methods have failed.
Chiropractors treat many patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with great success. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or a similar condition, we can help with our Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.