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Millions of people suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition that affects the hands and wrists. As a leading Franklin and Brentwood chiropractor, Premier Family Chiropractic helps patients relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome while also preventing future symptoms from occurring.
Your wrist is a complex structure composed of bones, ligaments, muscles and other tissues. These structures come together to form a narrow passageway or tunnel called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel provides the conduit for the median nerve, a long nerve that travels through your wrist, providing sensation to your palm, thumb and first three fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the soft tissues or connective tissues of our wrist become damaged or irritated, resulting in swelling that presses on the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by traumatic injury to your wrist, including falls, sports accidents and car accidents. But often, the condition develops as a result of overuse or repetitive use of the wrist joint from activities like typing, repeated twisting, or similar activities that place repeated strain on the wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes symptoms like:
Sometimes, pain and tingling sensations can be felt in the forearm as well. Without proper treatment, nerve impingement in your wrist can eventually cause the muscles in your hands to weaken and atrophy, resulting in a permanent loss of sensation and function.
Carpal tunnel treatment begins with a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to obtain a definite diagnosis and to rule out other issues that could cause similar symptoms. In some cases, diagnostic imaging may be ordered to rule out fractures and other injuries and to determine the extent of damage. Gentle adjustments of your spine, elbows and wrists ensure joints are properly aligned so nerve irritation and compression are relieved, while massage therapy brings oxygen-rich blood to the area to aid in healing and to flush away harmful toxins. You’ll also be provided with tips on how to improve your habits at home and at work so pressure on your wrists is alleviated and your nerves and other joint components are properly supported.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome is to visit your chiropractor regularly to ensure your nerve pathways remain “open” and optimized. Ongoing adjustments, stretching exercises and lifestyle guidance geared to your specific needs can help prevent irritation and inflammation that cause carpal tunnel syndrome and its painful symptoms so you can enjoy normal, pain-free function and range of motion in your hands, fingers and wrists.
Without treatment, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent loss of function in your hands and fingers. As a top Franklin and Brentwood chiropractor, Premier Family Chiropractic offers complete care for patients suffering from pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms in their fingers and hands, as well as proactive strategies to prevent symptoms from recurring. To have your wrist and hand pain diagnosed and to learn about how chiropractic care can help you feel better, call Premier Family Chiropractic at (615) 661-4101 and schedule an office visit today.
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