Carpal tunnel syndrome affects your hands and arms. The compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, the narrow pathway on the underside of your wrist, causes this condition.
The median nerve provides feeling to your thumb and first three fingers. This nerve also supplies the signals the brain requires to move the muscles around the base of the thumb. Any compression of this nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and fingers. These sensations may also feel like a sudden shock in the fingers. Pain, ranging from mild to severe, and weakness in the wrist and throughout the arm are other common symptoms.
Carpal tunnel is most common in women, due to the smaller size of their carpal tunnels. Here are some other causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:
Injuries to the wrist, including sprains and fractures, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The damage can narrow the size of the carpal tunnel, irritating the nerve.
Work requiring repetitive motions can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Using vibrating equipment, repetitive lifting, or prolonged periods of typing can increase pressure on the carpal tunnel nerves, causing pain or nerve damage.
Chronic illnesses that cause nerve damage like diabetes can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Health conditions such as thyroid problems can trigger inflammation in the tendons surrounding the carpal tunnel nerve, causing nerve compression.
Fluid retention, especially during pregnancy and menopause, can increase pressure on the nerves. Other medical conditions that cause fluid build up, including congestive heart failure and kidney disease, may also damage the carpal tunnel nerves.
Dr. Rainaldo uses a combination of chiropractic and applied kinesiology techniques to identify the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome and treat the affected area. He often discovers that the root of carpal tunnel syndrome occurs in other parts of your body, including the elbow, shoulder, neck, and regions along the median nerve path.
To treat carpal tunnel syndrome and reduce pain, Dr. Rainaldo uses manual manipulation or cold laser therapy. He also offers nutritional guidance to promote healing and ensure well-balanced health.
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