The Battle Against Carpal Tunnel
Starting as minimal as a slight burning or tingling in the thumb can rapidly spread throughout the hand until all fingers are affected. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome effect more than 3 million people each year in the United States alone.
Carpal Tunnel treatment can be done safely without surgery to effectively relief of pain symptoms. Working together with our providers we can treat carpal tunnel at the source, and begin working towards a pain-free life.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway made of bones and ligaments located on the palm side of the wrist. It’s called the carpal “tunnel” because the median nerve, which controls movement and sensation in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through it much like how a car would travel through a tunnel. The median nerve is joined by tendons which run to the fingers and thumb through the carpal tunnel.
As with all nerves, when the median nerve is compressed or pinched, it will cause numbness, weakness, tingling, or pain. Since the median nerve is responsible for communication sensation to the thumb and fingers, when it is compressed within the carpal tunnel its effects will radiate into the hand as well. We refer to this as carpal tunnel syndrome. Without proper carpal tunnel syndrome treatment, symptoms can lead to a loss of grip in the affected hand.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The Carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway made of bones and ligaments located on the palm side of the wrist. It is very narrow and rigid therefore, whenever there is inflammation in the area, the swelling can compress the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused from excess pressure on the median nerve, fluid retention, and repetitive irritation of the endings housed between tendons and under ligaments on the palm side of the wrist.
While carpal tunnel syndrome usually brought on by repetitive motion, it can also be triggered by:
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Sprain or fracture of the wrist
- Over-activity of the pituitary gland
- Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
Women are three times as prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome than men are. This is suspected to be due to the small size of most women’s carpal tunnel.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Symptoms may be present in one or both hands, however, symptoms usually develop in the dominant hand first. Common symptoms felt in the hands and wrists include:
- Feeling like the fingers are swollen
- Trouble distinguishing between hot and cold
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
For effective pain relief of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, invasive approaches such as surgery or injections into the wrist will never actually address the body as a whole. At Hamilton Health Associates, our providers attack carpal tunnel syndrome by basing treatment off of the body as a whole addressing both wrists and spine.
Treatment may be done by...
- Physical Therapy
- Spinal Manipulation
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Massage Therapy
Questions? Contact 513-863-2273 or Christina@hamiltonhealth.us