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How To Spot And Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you spend a lot of time typing on a computer or putting a lot of pressure on the median nerves of your wrist, you are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by damage to your median nerve. Treatment can be both invasive and expensive if the condition is severe. However, in most cases, if you spot the symptoms early enough, you can get it treated through a gentle, noninvasive way with a chiropractor, rather than with the help of surgery or medication. This article will outline some useful information about carpal tunnel syndrome, and you can use this newly acquired knowledge to help reduce your likelihood of developing it.
Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, you will often feel a burning or painful sensation around your wrist. There might be more visual signs like palm or finger swelling. Other symptoms include weakness on your hands and the inability to carry out fine motor skills like picking up a small object. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious condition and can affect your ability to work or worse, adequately use your hand. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent nerve damage, and this is irreversible.
How Does One Develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common reason for people developing carpal tunnel syndrome is because of their occupation. Using heavy machinery that vibrates your arms a lot or repetitive tasks that engages your hand and wrists, e.g. typing contributes to the damage of your median nerves. Having medical conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity are also risk factors. Whatever the cause, carpal tunnel syndrome develops also develops from the swelling of tissue and bone that is pressed against the nerves. More immediate causes of the condition include wrist injuries or direct damage to the nerves through an accident.
How Can You Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
As mentioned, the most severe treatment for the condition is to have wrist surgery. If the condition isn’t too serious, medication or physiotherapy can be effective treatments. If these treatments are not viable or effective, the sufferer may be forced to change their lifestyle and avoid overusing their wrist. This may mean seeking a more wrist-friendly job or quitting a hobby or sport entirely. The treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.
However, for many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, getting chiropractic treatment can help with long term relief. Being a non-invasive and less serious approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome, you should consider trying it if you are starting to develop symptoms of the condition. See your local chiropractor, and they will evaluate your condition and identify how to treat the cause of it with a personalized treatment plan.
If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome or feel that you want to have your wrist checked out, call us today. It is better to be safe than sorry, and one appointment with our expert team can help you to quickly learn about your potential symptoms and how to treat them before they become too severe.