Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As our lives become more centered around computers, tablets, and phones, we're using our fingers and hands for fine work more than we ever have before. Unfortunately, that also means that many people are having issues with wrist pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries that office workers get. Get to know the symptoms of this condition and what you can do about them. We at West Monroe Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center in West Monroe, LA, know a lot about carpal tunnel syndrome and its symptoms.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
1. Numbness and tingling: While this can be a symptom of several problems, it is most associated with carpal tunnel when every finger except for the pinky finger feels numb or tingles. This sensation is caused by the nerves being under too much pressure.
2. Wrist pain: Pain in the wrist that cannot be attributed to an injury can be a sign of carpal tunnel. Call our chiropractor for help with wrist pain
3. Weakness: As the nerves become more inflamed, they'll become less capable of telling the muscles in your fingers what to do. That means that even though the muscle tissue is fine, you'll feel as if your hands are weak.
4. Symptoms that start at night: The reasons aren't entirely clear why this is the case, but some medical professionals believe it may have to do with how the body reacts to intense labor followed by a period of rest. Others believe that symptoms that start in the middle of a sleep cycle might have to do with the body trying to repair itself.
Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help the symptoms.
1. Work ergonomics: There are several types of hand positions that have been shown to put less pressure on the nerves of your fingers and wrists. Talk to our chiropractor about devices that can help with work ergonomics.
2. Hand exercises: There are several exercises that can help alleviate pain and numbness, but it's important to make sure that you are doing them right in order to avoid re-injury to the affected area. Talk to our chiropractor.
3. Hand massage: This method is slightly controversial, as there are some medical providers who believe the risk of re-injury in hand massage can be too high for this method to be effective. For many people, however, this can be one of the best ways to move muscles of the hand so that they do not further inflame the nerves.
4. Chiropractic care: The repetitive nature of imbalanced stressors on the joints of the wrist is what creates mechanical breakdown or abnormal joint movement. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically has contributing factors and is consistently complicated by mechanical issues in the elbow, shoulder, and neck. Chiropractic care has a high success rate and is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic repetitive-use spine and extremity injuries.
Contact Us for More Information on Wrist Pain and Work Ergonomics
If you need chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome or other wrist pain, we at West Monroe Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center in West Monroe, LA, may be able to help you. Call us at (318) 322-2250 to book an appointment.