Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common painful condition that occurs when the nerve in carpal tunnel becomes compressed. It is usually caused by repetitive motion in the hands. This condition can be treated by our chiropractor in West Los Angeles and Brentwood area at BAC To Health Chiropractic Lifestyle. Here is a bit more information about carpal tunnel syndrome.
Who Is At Risk?
While anyone can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, certain factors can increase your risk. These include:
Certain jobs can increase your risk of developing this condition. If your job requires repetitive flexing of the wrist, such as typing, you are at risk. The same is true if you work with vibrating tools or on an assembly line all day.
Being overweight or obese can be a contributing factor to this condition.
Conditions that cause inflammation can put excess pressure on the median nerve, leading to carpal tunnel.
If you have diabetes, your risk of developing carpal tunnel is higher.
If you suffered from a broken wrist, a dislocation, or if you have arthritis, your chances of getting carpal tunnel increases.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of this condition usually come on gradually. In the early stages, you will experience numbness and tingling in your index finger, middle finger, and thumb that comes and goes. Over time, the tingling will feel like an electric shock in your fingers. You can also experience weakness in your hand, causing you to drop objects often.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Diagnosed?
Several tests can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. These include:
Physical Exam: A physical exam is performed to test the feeling in the fingers and the strength of the hand.
Nerve Conduction Study: This test involves a small shock being passed through the median nerve to determine if the electrical impulses slowdown in the carpal tunnel.
X-ray: X-rays are used to rule out other conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat Carpal Tunnel?
There are a few methods that our chiropractor can use to treat this condition.
Manipulation: Manipulation of the wrist, arm, and the upper spine can treat the symptoms of this condition.
Ultrasound Therapy: Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate deep into the body tissue. This treatment can treat the pain, reduce the inflammation, and help relax the muscles.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, BAC To Health Chiropractic Lifestyle can help. Our chiropractor in West Los Angeles and Brentwood area can create a treatment plan to treat your condition and treat your symptoms. Give us a call at 310-888-8762 today.