Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of compression on the median nerve in the wrists due to swelling and inflammation of the tunnel that surrounds the nerves. Anyone can develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but there are certain factors and conditions that can increase your risk of developing it in one or both wrists. Dr. Doug Newcomb at Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic in Broken Arrow, OK, offers diagnostic and treatment services for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and a range of joint and chiropractic issues.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Broken Arrow, OK
The median nerve, which stretches from the foreman to the palm of your hand, passes through the carpal tunnel at the base of the wrist. The carpal tunnel is made up of ligaments and bones, which can become inflamed and rigid, causing compression on the median nerve. Because the median nerve provides feeling and movement to the thumb, index and middle fingers on the palm side of the hand, compression of the nerve commonly causes numbness, tingling, stiffness and burning.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, women are three times as likely to develop the condition as men (although men are not necessarily immune). Other factors like hormonal fluctuations (such as with pregnancy and menopause), traumatic injuries that cause swelling in the wrists, or health problems like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis can increase the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be Prevented?
Practicing good posture and ergonomics at work may help to reduce the risk. If you work with your hands, taking regular breaks and stretching and strengthening exercises are recommended to reduce the risk of stiffness and inflammation of the carpal tunnel. While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome does not necessarily indicate injury to the median nerve, it is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis and seek treatment in order to prevent damage to the nerves.
Find a Chiropractor in Broken Arrow, OK
Don't let pain and stiffness slow you down or interfere with your work and quality of life. For more information on the symptoms, warning signs and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our office by calling 918-251-4239 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Newcomb today.