Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition that affects around 1% of the general population and up to 5% of the work force. Most commonly a work-related injury, this condition affects adults that perform repetitive tasks with their hands. This includes people that work on computers for long periods of time and assembly line workers in various industries. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common injury seen frequently by a Roswell chiropractor, especially when conventional medicine has failed to provide a solution for the pain.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to compression of the median nerve that runs from your forearm into your hand. The nerve gets compressed in a narrow tunnel in your wrist known as the carpal tunnel. This tunnel consists of soft tissues, bones and tendons; nerves, ligaments and blood vessels.
Symptoms of CTS
Common symptoms of CTS can include pain and weakness in the hand as well as wrist area. CTS often results in numbness or tingling radiating up to the forearm. The palm of your hand and fingers feel the bulk of the discomfort. Most CTS sufferers feel as though their hands and fingers are swollen even though no swelling is evident. Without proper treatment from a Roswell chiropractor, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can affect the use of your hand making it difficult to form a fist, affecting grip strength and causing muscle wasting at the base of the thumb. Many CTS sufferers experience nerve damage, losing sensation in their hands as well as the ability to distinguish between hot and cold temperatures.
Some patients have a higher likelihood of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because they have smaller carpal tunnels in their wrists than others. Smaller tunnels increase the chances of nerve compression and the risk of CTS. When diagnosing CTS your Roswell chiropractor will give you a physical examination to see if your symptoms fall in line with the injury. You’ll be asked to perform some rudimentary wrist exercises. Your chiropractor may try some specific pressure and compression tests to explore the sensitivity of the nerve. You might also be required to have an x-ray or additional imaging tests to rule out other wrist injuries or conditions.
Once the CTS diagnosis has been established you’ll be advised to rest the affected hand and possibly immobilize your wrist to prevent further damage. Applying ice to the area to reduce swelling may also be part of the treatment depending on the severity of the condition. Joint adjustments, light stretching and strengthening exercises will likely be part of your chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors often find that the spine can also be involved in this condition. Each treatment is customized to suit the individual and with regular sessions your CTS pain and other symptoms should subside.
At Krieger Health Solutions we have worked with a number of patients that suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We encourage you to contact us for more information.