Treating Carpal Tunnel in Garden City, MI
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition involving the median nerve that travels through the wrist and is one of the most common reasons Americans seek chiropractic care. It affects between three and six percent of the adult population. The good news is that treating carpal tunnel syndrome with chiropractic care can both alleviate the pain and the imbalances that are causing it.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is an area on the wrist through which the median nerve passes from the arm into the hand. The median nerve controls movement in the thumb and three fingers, excluding the pinky finger.
When the carpal tunnel narrows, usually from swelling, the pressure can compress and irritate the median nerve, causing symptoms in the wrist and hand.
What are the Symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically felt as a burning, tingling, itching, or an electric shock in the fingers, thumb, or hand. It might feel like the hand or portions of it have fallen asleep. As carpal tunnel increases in severity, it can cause a loss of strength and coordination, plus pain and muscle cramping. The symptoms often begin during the night and can be alleviated by moving the hand and wrist.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Continued pressure on the nerve, either through swelling of the nerve or narrowing of the tunnel, causes this condition, often through repetitive motions of the wrist. Pregnancy and certain illnesses such as diabetes and hyperthyroidism are also considered causes.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
There are several options for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, depending on its severity. Exercises for stretching and strengthening the muscles have been proven to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome. Other options are wrist splints that prevent the wrist from falling forward and pinching the nerve. Anti-inflammatory medication can help alleviate the pain and swelling. Surgery, to open the carpal tunnel, is considered an option if conservative treatments fail.
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