Carpal tunnel syndrome can be debilitating. Every single day we use our hands for hundreds of activities, from simple tasks to our favorite hobbies and sports.
At Cobb Chiropractic, we have over 40 years of successful experience caring for our Greensboro patients and treating numerous conditions. We take every case seriously, and treat every patient as an individual.
We understand conditions can vary, therefore, we personalize treatments and take the time and effort to examine your symptoms and determine the cause.
So what is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
When there is a strong pressure on your median nerve, which extends from the entire arm, through the wrist, and into the hand, it can likely lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The main areas affected are the wrist, hand, thumb, index and middle finger.
The median nerve is critical when understanding carpal tunnel syndrome. This nerve controls the majority of your hand movement, especially the thumb, and all other fingers except the pinkie.
The pressure on your median nerve restricts and narrows the carpal tunnel due to swelling.
Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Constant repetitive and excessive motions. Sometimes, this can be hard to avoid when it comes to certain professions. For instance, musicians, mechanics, and assembly workers could potentially be at risk.
- Wrist dislocation or fractures
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you are concerned that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, below are some of the common symptoms you may be experiencing.
- Burning, itching, or tingling in your palm
- Numbness in your fingers
- Tingling that runs from your hand to your shoulder
- Overall weakness in your hand that interrupt basic activity
- Pain that travels along the arm to the wrist or shoulder
- Poor grip
- The feeling of swollen fingers without the appearance
- Inability to distinguish hot or cold touches
Symptoms tend to show themselves gradually, without a specific instance of injury. They may also occur inconsistently, which may lead the individual to believe the symptoms are not serious. This is not the case.
Symptoms also occur at night, as individuals often bend their wrists or form tight fists during sleep.
In severe cases, or if not treated right away, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to loss of feeling, slower nerve impulses, and significant pain and muscle cramping.
It is essential to seek medical treatment and examination at a chiropractor near you in Greensboro that can help you with your carpal tunnel pain immediately.
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