Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful nerve problem that interferes with the use of your hand. Symptoms range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.
Carpal tunnel has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers, ipads or smartphones, there seems to be no end in sight.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by:
· Overuse Injuries – from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing.
· Wear & Tear – repetitive hand movements (RSI), such as working on an assembly line, at a computer, or with power tools, can cause the tendons to become inflamed and press the nerve against the carpal tunnel.
· A Misaligned Joint – an injury to the wrist or arthritis in the wrist joint can cause a bone to protrude in to the carpal tunnel. The tunnel becomes narrower, putting pressure on the median nerve. An injury to the neck can also cause the median nerve to swell and press against the tunnel.
· Fluid Retention – can cause the tissue in the carpal tunnel to swell and presses on the median nerve. This can be caused during pregnancy or due to some common medications.
There are a number of different methods for Carpal Tunnel treatment. These may include:
- mobilizing the carpal bones in the wrist to improve mobility
- releasing tension of tendons at the elbow
- assessment of the neck to relieve possible pinched nerves referring to the hand
- stretching, and strengthening exercises of the wrist and forearm
These type of care, along with other procedures, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel. Surgery in some cases, should be the last option.
How to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
To keep pressure off the nerve in your wrist, keep your wrist in a neutral (straight) position. Avoid twisting, bending, pinching, or pressing motions. Rest your hand often. Avoid making repetitive movements or holding objects in one position for long periods.
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