If you have aching wrists, numbness and tingling and tired hands, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. At Premier Family Chiropractic, our Brentwood TN chiropractor can help to relieve your symptoms. Patients unfamiliar with carpal tunnel usually have many questions. Here are some of the most common:

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Your wrist houses a passageway of ligaments and bones that protect the median nerve and tendons. When this tunnel is injured or irritated, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur. The bones can move out of alignment or the ligaments can swell, but either instance can place pressure on the median nerve, causing the symptoms.

What Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There is no single cause for this problem, but rather a combination of causes that can affect people.

  • Dislocation, fracture or other injury to the wrist
  • Repetitive movement with hands or wrist, such as with typing, doing certain work-related activities, or playing tennis
  • Health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
  • Pregnancy

What are the Most Common Symptoms?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can create a wide variety of symptoms, and not everyone experiences every problem. The symptoms usually appear gradually and get worse over time. You might only feel symptoms when actively using your wrist, at first. As the condition progresses, you may feel them all the time. Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Throbbing and swollen wrists and hands
  • Aching wrist pain
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or fingers
  • Loss of ability to grip objects
  • The urge to shake your hands (shake off the symptoms)
  • A decreased range of motion in your hands and wrists

How Can a Franklin Chiropractor Help?

When you receive care from our chiropractor in Franklin TN, you will begin to see relief from the symptoms right away. As for many problems, our doctor recommends a variety of treatments. He will begin with careful wrist manipulations that help to reduce inflammation. If the problem is caused by your work or lifestyle, he’ll address this problem and work with you to find alternate methods of doing your work. The doctor will also evaluate your diet and make recommendations for needed changes to make sure your body is getting the nutrition it needs.

Chiropractic care also includes physical therapy. The chiropractor will teach you wrist exercises that help to strengthen the muscles as well as icing techniques to reduce inflammation and swelling. For patients with the worst symptoms, a wrist brace can help a lot, preventing the nerve from being further irritated during sleep.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you’ve got symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, chiropractic care can help. Premier Family Chiropractic cares for patients in Brentwood TN and Franklin TN. Call our office today at (615) 661-4101 to make an appointment.