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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you might have trouble typing and doing other everyday tasks, which affects your normal routine. Over time and without treatment, this condition can lead to irreversible nerve damage. At Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic, we offer carpal tunnel syndrome treatment to help ease your symptoms and prevent complications.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome generally start out mild and grow worse over time. Initial signs of this condition usually include a tingling sensation or numbness that affects your middle finger, index finger and thumb. These sensations are not usually persistent at first, but they can become so as the condition gets worse. You might also experience soreness in your palm or wrist, especially when you move certain ways. In some cases, this soreness or tingling can move up the affected arm. When this condition is left untreated, you might also develop weakness in the affected hand, which can cause you to drop items frequently.
You can develop carpal tunnel syndrome when there is too much pressure on your median nerve, which runs through your forearm, wrist, hand and fingers. This increase in pressure can occur from different causes, such as wrist fractures, arthritis, smaller carpal tunnel space, diabetes or other medical conditions that cause nerve damage or inflammatory conditions. Your risk of having this nerve condition is higher if you perform everyday tasks that cause you to flex your wrist repeatedly, such as typing or working on an assembly line.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic offers effective care to relieve symptoms and address the underlying cause of this condition. Based on the results of your evaluation, your treatment plan might include making lifestyle changes to ease pressure on your median nerve, chiropractic adjustments to align the bones in the affected joint and doing stretches and other exercises to maintain flexibility and build strength. You might also benefit from wearing a wrist splint while you sleep and making sure you take frequent breaks while doing tasks that require you to move your wrist and hand repeatedly.
Our chiropractor will discuss your treatment plan with you and provide you with advice on preventing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. A combination of lifestyle changes, chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy might be enough to provide you with the relief you need.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact our Lakewood Ranch chiropractor to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractor can assess your condition and create a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and prevent more serious damage.