Numb or weak fingers, and burning or tingling sensations in your hands or wrists could be signs that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. To get relief from pain and impaired mobility, contact Dr. Diane Grace Rossello at Rossello Family Chiropractic in Bowie, Maryland. If you live in Bowie or surrounding areas and think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, call Dr. Rossello’s helpful staff, or just book an appointment online.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that impairs the function of your wrist, hand, fingers, or thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when your median nerve is pinched or irritated at the wrist by surrounding tissues — such as ligaments and tendons — that have become inflamed through repetitive use.
The median nerve runs from your forearm into your hand and conveys sensation to the palm side of your thumb, your index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of your ring finger. This essential nerve is protected by the carpal tunnel — a narrow tunnel created by the carpal bones and the carpal ligament in the palm.
Running alongside the median nerve in this narrow tunnel are the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that move the hand, fingers, and thumb. When these tissues become inflamed, they press against the median nerve. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent nerve damage in a matter of weeks.
How can I tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
The following symptoms in your wrists, hands, fingers or thumbs may be a sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome and are at risk for permanent nerve damage:
- Tingling or burning feeling
- Pain in your hand, wrist, thumb, or fingers
- Hand, wrist, thumb, or finger pain at night
- Weakness or loss of dexterity
- Pain alleviated with massage or shaking
- Pain that radiates to your arms or shoulders
Who is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?
You are most likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome if you engage in activities or professions that require repetitive motions of the fingers, thumb, hand, and wrist. Exerting pressure during these motions increases your risk.
Some professions associated with increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Common activities that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- Using tools
- Using a computer mouse
- Assembling small items
Can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?
When you engage in repetitive motions of your hands, finger, thumbs, or wrist, Dr. Rossello recommends that you take a break at least once an hour to stretch your hands. Becoming more aware of how you use your fingers, wrists, and hands can also prevent overuse. If you notice any symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Rossello immediately to avoid damaging your median nerve.
How do chiropractors treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
The nerves from your fingers and thumb travel all the way your arm and to the neck. Because the spine is the center of your nervous system, Dr. Rossello alleviates the pain in your hands and wrists with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments. She may also stimulate healing by increasing circulation to the affected areas with manual massage, ultrasound therapy, and electrical stimulation.
If you have any of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t delay treatment. To keep your median nerve healthy for life, call Dr. Rossello at Rossello Family Chiropractic or use the online appointment form.