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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem in today's world, but that doesn't make it any less painful or disabling. If you're wondering what this syndrome is all about, how you got it and what you can do to get rid of it short of undergoing surgical correction, you've come to right place. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about carpal tunnel syndrome from Old Bridge Spine and Wellness.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow open space between the bones of the wrist. This space accommodates the median nerve, which relays nerve signals from cervical nerve roots to the thumb and first three fingers of the hand. The median nerve also shares the carpal tunnel with several ligaments that permit function in the hand and fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues of the carpal tunnel becomes inflamed and swollen due to either an acute injury or a chronic overuse injury. Swollen ligaments press on the median nerve, interfering with nerve signals.
Telltale signs of carpal tunnel syndrome include burning, tingling or shooting pain sensations in the thumb/fingers, hand or wrist. You may also experience muscle weakness or other motor control problems in the hand that affect manual dexterity.
Anyone who engages in constant repetitive hand motions, from factory workers or cashiers to writers, can be vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome. Athletes who constantly grip clubs or rackets may also be prone to it.
A body that works and plays out of balance may put unnatural stresses on specific tissues, including those of the wrist. Our chiropractor can straighten your balance and alignment to stop this problem. Chiropractic adjustment can also relieve cervical nerve impingement, a potential cause of symptoms that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome.
Corrective and therapeutic exercises can loosen, soothe and strengthen tight, inflamed connective tissues. We may prescribe shaking, stretching or "finger pushup" exercises to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Physical therapy may be complemented by bracing or other techniques to stabilize the wrist.
Massage is extremely helpful for loosening and relaxing connective tissues. This all-natural healing technique also increases blood flow to relieve pain, reducing the inflammation that produces carpal tunnel symptoms, and speeds healing to strained or inured tissues.
If you're struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in Old Bridge, Freehold or Matawan and you'd like a safe, conservative alternative to surgery, we may hold the solutions you've been seeking right here at Old Bridge Spine and Wellness. Call (732) 316-5895 to set up a treatment plan with our chiropractor!
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