Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by damage to the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand and provides feeling to the first three fingers and thumb. When this nerve is compressed, it results in symptoms that can include numbness, weakness, pain, and/or tingling in the wrist, palm, and affected fingers. These symptoms often begin to manifest at night; they may start gradually and worsen over time.
Why Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Occur?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed, either because the space in the wrist which the nerve travels through is too small or the nerve itself is swollen. This condition is often associated with pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and repetitive hand and wrist motions (such as factory work or typing). Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs more often in women than in men. Obesity and menopause are also risk factors for this condition.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
If you suspect you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, we may first ask about underlying conditions that are associated with this condition. We will take a history of your symptoms, activities, and any potential strain or injury to the affected area. We will also thoroughly examine your hand, arm, wrist, neck, and shoulders. In some cases, other tests may be used to confirm the diagnosis or rule out conditions that cause similar symptoms.
What Treatment Options are Available?
As you can imagine, the right treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the situation. If you’re experiencing wrist pain, tingling, or numbness, the most important thing that you can do is speak with a qualified doctor about your condition. Look no further than Dr. Lee Petrucci at La Grange Chiropractic. Getting treatment as soon as possible for carpal tunnel syndrome often prevents it from worsening, so make sure to schedule a consultation at our office in La Grange as soon as possible. From there, we can determine the best treatment for your situation. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started.