Carpal Tunnel Syndrom
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is pinched, leading to numbness and tingling in the hand or arm. The median nerve, along with several tendons, runs from the forearm to the hand and controls movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers.
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are many factors that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome like an individual’s wrist anatomy; preexisting medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes; or repetitive hand or wrist movements. Pregnant women are also more likely to develop symptoms of carpal tunnel.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Sensations of numbness, weakness, or tingling occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. The symptoms may worsen at night.
How can I treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Chiropractic care can offer stretching and other non-invasive therapies that provide for quicker relief of painful symptoms. Home remedies include resting the affected wrist / arm and using an ice pack to alleviate the effects.
Other ways to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Take anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain and reduce swelling
- Wear a wrist splint at night
How can I prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Keep wrist in a neutral position
- Use entire hand, not just fingers, to hold objects
- Keep wrists straight when typing, with hands a little higher than your wrists
- Switch hands often when repeating movements.