If you are experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in and around your hand, it would be wise to visit a Seacoast chiropractor. A condition called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is characterized by these symptoms. It is also known as RSI (repetitive stress injury). The pain is piercing, emanating from the wrist into the arm.
This condition is due to compression of the median nerve which runs through the forearm into the hand. It controls sensations under the thumb and all fingers, except for the little finger. The nerve also controls impulses in the hand muscles, enabling the fingers and thumbs to move.
The carpal tunnel is a thin, hard passage made of bones and ligaments at the base of the hand which houses tendons and the median nerve. If irritated tendons become swollen, the tunnel narrows and results in the nerve becoming compressed. Symptoms start slowly with itchiness, tingling, or burning in the palm and fingers, particularly the middle and index fingers.
There can be several causes of CTS. These include fractures or sprains, an overactive pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, working at a computer or other machinery for long periods, a disorder in the wrist joint, or fluid retention during menopause and pregnancy. It can be difficult to perform manual tasks or hold objects in the hand because of decreased grip and strength.
Some people cannot even feel the difference between very hot and very cold sensations to the touch. If RSI is left untreated, or if it is severe, muscles may waste away. Therefore, chiropractic care should be sought as soon as possible because early intervention means faster recovery.
After examining your hand and wrist, a Seacoast chiropractor may call for additional tests, e. G. X-rays, MRI or CT scans to make sure that the condition is not associated with some serious medical problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome responds favorably to chiropractic adjustments of the elbows, upper spine, and wrist. Recovery usually includes rest, ice therapy, exercise, and wearing a brace to support the hand and wrist.