If you’re experiencing a dull pain or weakness in your hand or wrist or your hand and fingers fall asleep, then you might have carpal tunnel syndrome. To learn about non-surgical solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome see Kevin R. Barry, DC, at Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Use their easy online appointment tool, or call for your consultation with Dr. Barry.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. This pressure can cause an array of problems for you. Some symptoms of carpal tunnel are:
You could have one of these symptoms or all of these symptoms. Each case is different depending on the person and the severity of their carpal tunnel syndrome.
There is not enough research to show a single definite cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Anyone can be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. There are multiple reasons pressure on your median nerve in your wrist may increase.
Repetitive motion is a common trigger for carpal tunnel syndrome. People who work on computers or other keyboards and those who do assembly line work are common sufferers of this problem. If caught early, proper posture and work ergonomics can relieve pressure and remove the chance of it getting worse.
Chronic health conditions that have some relation to carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Pregnant women are also more likely to suffer from this condition. Carpal tunnel does not happen during all pregnancies and if does occur it is usually during the last trimester. Most pregnant women affected by this usually do not have any issues with this after they have given birth.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome will depend on how advanced your condition is. The sooner you get diagnosed and start treatment the quicker you can expect to feel relief.
If your condition is mild then you should first try stopping the activity that is causing the pain.
Another option is that you can try to ice your wrist. This may temporarily relieve any pain you may have in the area by reducing swelling and numbing the pain.
Chiropractic adjustment of the upper spine to correct a misalignment has been shown to improve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in some patients.
Ultrasound therapy is another non-invasive therapy Dr. Barry may use to relax your muscles, and reduce inflammation and pain in your wrist.