Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to a condition in which a pinched nerve causes tingling and other symptoms. Without treatment, this condition can lead to serious damage to muscles and nerves in the affected area. There are effective treatment options available to relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome include a tingling sensation or numbness that affects the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger. These symptoms might get worse when performing certain movements, such as holding a phone. Tingling and numbness come and go at first, then gradually become more of a constant problem. Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include weakness and an inability to hold objects.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is too much pressure on the median nerve that runs along the forearm. This nerve becomes compressed inside the wrist’s carpal tunnel space, leading to numbness, tingling and other symptoms. There are several possible causes of nerve compression, including a narrow carpal tunnel, trauma to this part of the wrist, an underlying condition that causes nerve damage, repetitive movements in the workplace, and inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis.
Early treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome include limiting movements or activities that cause symptoms to flare up, taking breaks when performing activities that involve moving the affected wrist, and putting cold packs on the wrist to ease swelling. For carpal tunnel syndrome with mild symptoms, treatment options include using a wrist splint at night, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and having corticosteroid injections. Surgical options include endoscopic surgery or open surgery to ease pressure on the median nerve.
Chiropractic care can provide relief from carpal tunnel symptoms by bringing joints back into alignment. Other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, can help individuals regain flexibility and strengthen muscles in the forearm, wrist, and hand.
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