Is the numbness and pain in your arm and wrist a passing cramp or carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. This nerve provides feeling in the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers. Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist fracture can narrow the carpal tunnel and irritate the nerve, as can the swelling and inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis. There is no single cause in many cases. It may be that a combination of risk factors contributes to the development of the condition.
- Repetitive hand use
- Hand and wrist position
- Health conditions
The professionals at Vitality Medical Center will examine and suggest possible treatments to relieve the pressure and pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Examinations include physical examinations and X-ray imaging techniques to detect for anatomical limitations and to reveal any possible fractures, arthritis, and detect for nerve impingement specific to carpal tunnel. These examinations will help determine if the symptoms are connected to daily activities or an underlying disorder.
If found to be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, treatments might include:
- Chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand
- Rehabilitation stretching and strengthening exercises
- Soft-tissue mobilization techniques
- Physiotherapy (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ice/heat therapy)
- Trigger Point Injections