Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can affect anyone at any age, although it is more commonly found in women than men. It occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the point where it enters the wrist. For sufferers of carpal tunnel, it can be extremely painful and often debilitating.
But, it’s important to note that not all hand or wrist pain is carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve that so commonly gets compressed in the wrist actually travels from the neck all the way down the arm, so should the nerve be compressed anywhere along that trek, it can produce the numb, tingling sensation so commonly associated with carpal tunnel. In fact, pain and tingling in the hand can be attributed to several possible causes, including tendonitis, ulnar neuropathy, and even DeQuervain’s disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The first step toward being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome is being able to identify its most common signs and symptoms. In the majority of cases, this includes tingling or numbness in the hands, pain in the wrist, and weakness in the hands. When someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, they usually have a tendency to drop objects.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
While there is no definitive cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, the condition is associated with certain risk factors. These include:
- Inflammatory conditions
- Anatomic factors (fractured wrist or dislocation)
- Nerve-damaging illnesses
- Thyroid disorders
- Kidney failure
- Work-related factors
But, these are usually the exceptions to the rule. The vast majority of cases are caused by problems in the patient’s musculoskeletal system.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
In traditional medicine, carpal tunnel syndrome is treated through a surgical procedure. But, in 75% of cases, the carpal tunnel symptoms tend to return within two years. Chiropractors provide a non-invasive treatment option that provides longer lasting relief without the costs and risks associated with anesthesia and surgery.
Recent studies have indicated that for many carpal tunnel sufferers, their pain actually stems from problems elsewhere in their bodies. Quite often, it is due to misaligned bones, ligaments, or muscles in the neck. Chiropractors are especially trained on treating musculoskeletal disorders and modern chiropractic care has shown to be highly effective at bringing lasting relief for many carpal tunnel patients.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Wilmington NC Chiropractor Today
If you are having carpal tunnel-like symptoms, schedule an appointment to see a Southeastern today. Our Wilmington NC chiropractor is experienced at helping carpal tunnel patients regain the strength and dexterity in their hands. Our non-invasive treatments offer a safe and holistic alternative to risky, ineffective surgical procedures.
Stop living in pain; call Southeastern Healthcare today at 910-202-4341 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced and caring chiropractors. We are here for you. With six locations throughout the Wilmington area, we have an office conveniently close to you.