You've no doubt heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before, but do you know how it is caused and what makes it so uncomfortable to live with on a daily basis? It's possible that you are currently experiencing the pain and discomfort that comes with this condition right now. If so, the good news is that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated through chiropractic care.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition affecting the median nerve which can lead to a tingling sensation or even numbness, weakness or even pain or discomfort through the hand and arm. The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow space in which the median nerve is located and it runs through the palm of the hand. This passage is surrounded by bones and ligaments and when the median nerve becomes compressed for any number of possible reasons, the symptoms will flare up and they can be tough to eliminate.
The causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome could be due to health problems, the natural anatomy of the wrist, or the most common cause being repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Individuals who spend a lot of time working at a computer or playing video games or making the same hand movements over and over again for weeks or months at a time can develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Treatment that is designed to target the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be extremely effective in reducing the symptoms and giving you full functionality of your hand once again.
Symptoms of Carpal
Sufferers of this condition may not realize they are dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at first. The symptoms are sometimes confused for other conditions or injuries, though an injury could be enough to cause the following symptoms related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Significant pain in the wrist, forearm, or palm of the hand
- Weakness or numbness in the thumb
- Weakness, numbness, or pain in the hand or arm at night
- Pain that becomes more severe with use of the hand or wrist
- Inability to grip or hold objects
- Severe pain that prevents you from getting a good night's sleep
- An urge to rub or shake the hand to reduce the symptoms of pain
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Due to the nature of this condition, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become one of the leading workplace injuries faced by Singaporeans in today's marketplace. Employees who develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are more likely to call out of work on a regular basis, costing businesses millions of dollars in lost man hours and occupational hazard claims, not to mention wages lost by workers.
In order to develop more effective treatment options for reducing the pain and discomfort of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it is critical that we first understand what causes the condition and the ways in which it can damage the wrist or hand.
There are many different causes for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but the most common is pressure on the median nerve due to repetitive movements of the hand or an injury to the Carpal Tunnel or the median nerve itself. Since Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is seen as an occupational hazard, it's due to the increase in sufferers of those with jobs where the hands and wrists execute the same movements in the same position day in and day out.
Those who work at computers or perform strenuous activities in which the arm, wrist, and hand are constantly engaged for long periods of the day are more likely to develop this condition.
Chiropractic Care to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
At Light Chiropractic, our team of chiropractors have a wealth of experience in diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Once you are diagnosed with the condition, the development of an effective treatment regimen can begin. Your chiropractic professional will identify the precise cause of the condition and work out a way to reduce the symptoms and eliminate the cause of your pain and discomfort.
After a diagnosis has been made, your chiropractic care can begin. The most common method for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is through chiropractic adjustments to the affected area of the hand or wrist. In less common cases, the root cause behind the condition is due to the misaligned back or neck that is contributing to the symptoms and chiropractic manipulations of these areas is the natural next step.
When these adjustments are made, the chiropractor will then suggest some level of physical exercise or stretching and strengthening exercises to continue treatment until there is no longer any indication of the symptoms related to the condition. Before long, the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are no longer detectable and the symptoms are eliminated, affording you with complete flexibility and functionality of your wrist, forearm, and hand.