Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that has many obvious symptoms including numbness and tingling in the hand or fingers. CTS can also cause sensations that feel similar to an electric shock. The pain often travels from the wrist and up the arm. These symptoms can occur when you’re holding a cup, holding onto a steering wheel, or the sensation can even wake you up from a deep sleep. An East Grand Rapids carpal tunnel chiropractor from The Chiropractic Doctors can help treat carpal tunnel syndrome safely, effectively, and without the use of drugs.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs in the median nerve. This nerve runs up from the hand to the forearm. Numbness or pain will occur when there is compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel located at the wrist. It’s made up of bones, ligaments, and tendons.
Difficulty and weakness in controlling or handling objects are common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people also report a feeling of weakness in the hand, which causes them to drop items often. The median nerve is what controls the thumb’s pinching muscles. When there is nerve compression involved, it’s common for people with CTS to frequently lose their grip on whatever they’re holding. Over time, a person will find it more difficult to hold and pick up items, and pain and numbness may become constant.
There are many factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
A wrist dislocation or wrist fracture and arthritis that causes a deformity in the small bones in the wrist can change the space within the carpal tunnel, placing pressure on the median nerve.
Fluid retention can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, causing nerve irritation. This is very common during menopause and pregnancy. Typically, carpal tunnel due to pregnancy will resolve on its own after a woman gives birth.
Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can affect the lining around the tendons in the wrist, placing pressure on the median nerve.
Diabetes and other chronic illnesses can increase the risk of nerve damage.
Obesity is another common risk factor for CTS.
CTS is more common in women than in men. This may be because the carpal tunnel area is much smaller in women.
Work actions that require repetitive or prolonged wrist flexing can place pressure on the median nerve.
A chiropractor is a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They can perform a comprehensive exam of the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands to determine if the symptoms you experience are connected to an underlying disorder or daily activities. An East Grand Rapids chiropractor will also evaluate overall spine health, discuss your medical history, and review your daily routine.
The goal of chiropractic care is to optimize health and relieve pain, without surgery and without the use of medication.
After an exam, a chiropractor at The Chiropractic Doctors may recommend:
At The Chiropractic Doctors, we also treat patients for:
We provide chiropractic treatment in East Grand Rapids that will address carpal tunnel symptoms, chronic pain, acute pain, and provide chiropractic adjustments that can prevent injuries in the future. We strive to help our patients reach their health goals by providing natural health care that’s non-invasive, gentle, and effective.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse. Contact The Chiropractic Doctors today to schedule an appointment and let us use a natural approach to pain relief and pain management to help you get back to the activities you love and improve your well-being and quality of life.