Do you have Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure or a pinched nerve at the wrist. Many of our patients describe the following symptoms:
• Numbness, tingling and pain in your thumb and first three fingers of your hand
• Pain and burning that travels up your arm
• Wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep
• Weakness in the muscles of the hand
There is a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when pressure builds up from swelling in this tunnel and puts pressure on the nerve. When the pressure from the swelling becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, numbness, tingling and pain may be felt in the hand and fingers.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Unlike most other musculoskeletal conditions, it is common for the cause of your carpal tunnel to be unknown. Pressure on the nerve can happen in several ways: swelling of the lining of the flexor tendons (tenosynovitis), joint dislocations, fractures, arthritis, keeping the wrist bent for prolonged periods (typing) can all narrow the tunnel.
Fluid retention during pregnancy can cause swelling in the tunnel and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, which often go away after delivery. Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can also be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. There often are a combination of causes, which is why its extremely important to undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine how you can eliminate the pain from your carpal tunnel syndrome.
How is Carpal Tunnel Treated?
Symptoms can often be relieved without surgery. Identifying and treating medical conditions which causing the syndrome, changing the patterns of hand use, performing specific rehabilitative exercises to relieve pressure all may help to reduce pressure on the nerve. Wearing wrist splints at night also may relieve the symptoms that interfere with sleep.
When symptoms are severe or do not improve, surgery is sometimes warranted. Although Dr. St Jean makes every effort to avoid the need for surgery, he does maintain referral relationships with top surgeons in the Chicago based area.
Determining the specific underlying cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome is the most important step if effective treatment is to be rendered. Once the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome is identified, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body approach to treat your carpal tunnel by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain.
He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your shoulder pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.
How do I make sure my Shoulder Pain doesn’t return after treatment?
At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean’s approach is integrative and aims to restore function of your hand and wrist as quickly as possible. This requires not only adherence to recommendations in the office, but also while at home. Your at home rehabilitation program is extremely important for you to successful eliminate your carpal tunnel pain.
Completing the entire duration of your specified treatment program as well as avoiding the lifestyle choices, which propagated your pain, in the first place will help to ensure you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome in the future.