Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed at the wrist. The median nerve provides sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, but doesn’t include the little finger. The median nerve supplies the small muscles of the fingers and thumb and causes movement. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of bones and ligaments at the wrist area. The carpal tunnel syndrome could happen due to swelling and or thickening of the tendons, narrowing of the tunnel and compression on the median nerve. This may result in weakness, pain, or numbness in the wrist and hand, and sometimes radiates up the arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common known nerve entrapments.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk Factors:
The following are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome
- Women are three times at higher risk than men to have carpal tunnel syndrome
- People who are diabetic or have other metabolic disorders
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually the result of a combination of the following
- Increased pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel
- Congenital predisposition, which means that the carpal tunnel is smaller.
- Injury or trauma to the wrist that causes swelling such as: a sprain or fracture, hypothyroidism, hyperactivity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive stress, fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause or tumor/cyst in the canal.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:
Symptoms usually occur gradually.
These are some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tingling, burning, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers (especially the index, thumb and middle fingers).
- The symptoms usually appear during the night. An individual with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to shake the wrist or hand.
- Decreased hand muscle strength that causes decreased grip strength, which could make it difficult to grasp small objects or form a fist or perform fine motor tasks.
- In chronic and/or untreated cases, muscle wasting may occur to the base of the thumb. It may also decrease the ability to tell between the feeling of hot and cold.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment:
Non-surgical carpal tunnel treatment. Our doctors use the following to relieve carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain
- ASTR Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR tools to release myofascial restriction and scar tissue, which are very common with carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Releasing muscle trigger points and hypertonicity: it is very common with carpal tunnel syndrome that the muscle starts to spasm or tighten as a protective mechanism. Using the ASTR maneuvers, patients can experience relief from muscle hypertonicity.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time for carpal tunnel pain.
- Special exercise program to strengthen the weak muscles and stretch the tight muscles related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Cold Laser Therapy: cold laser is a very effective tool that speeds up the healing process and decreases soft tissue inflammation very quickly.
Our approach help to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. Call us today to start the journey of pain relief!