One day you notice that your hand and fingers become numb and tingle while you are sleeping, causing you to wake-up. Some people assume that they had fallen asleep on their hands… maybe not. Then, a fuzzy feeling or achiness in the wrist to the hand or forearm is experienced. Perhaps this sensation becomes more apparent when gripping a steering wheel, hair blower or book. One may try to shake-out the hand in an effort to find relief. Some people may even start to drop objects or notice that they now have pain in their neck, shoulder or elbow. If you are experiencing wrist pain or any of the symptoms mentioned, it may be carpal tunnel syndrome and necessitate an evaluation. Additional carpal tunnel symptoms may include:
• Cold hands
• Burning hand pain
• Palms feel itchy
The median nerve runs from the forearm to the wrist (allows for feeling in the thumb and all fingers except the pinky). Carpal tunnel is a narrow path made of bone and ligament. When this tunnel is squeezed and pinches the median nerve, carpal tunnel symptoms may develop. Many factors contribute to pressure on the median nerve:
• Tunnel is too small
• Tendons within the tunnel become larger due to inflammation
• Existing health conditions – RA, hormonal disorders, diabetes, hypothyroidism
• Repetitive flexing and extending of the tendons of the hands and wrist
• Pregnancy (fluid retention)
• Sex (females are 3 times as likely as men to develop carpal tunnel symptoms)
At The AIMS Clinic, the process begins with a Free Consultation and Clinic Tour. Our Clinic Director will sit down with you and discuss our approach. In order to customize a carpal tunnel syndrome treatment program, we want the potential patient to feel comfortable and encourage asking questions or discussing concerns. If it is determined that we can help, we will then review the completed health history and conduct a physical examination (muscular and structural) along with recommending additional diagnostic tests. Tests may include x-rays, EMG or Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS).
When creating a carpal tunnel syndrome treatment program, our Team of Experts will meet to discuss the best course of care to help relieve pain and restore function. Non-surgical treatment options for mild to moderate carpal tunnel symptoms include:
• Chiropractic Care: Our Chiropractic Team provides manipulation of the wrist, elbow and upper spine, ultrasound, moist heat and cryotherapy, and/or the use of a wrist support.
• Physical Therapy: Customized strengthening exercises for the fingers, hand and wrist, along with stretching to increase flexibility in the fingers, hand and wrist. In addition, neuromuscular reeducation and modalities are offered.
• Lifestyle Recommendations: In addition to receiving corrective care, home and work recommendations include:
1. Avoid smoking
2. Maintain a healthy weight
3. Exercise regularly
4. Monthly maintenance chiropractic care
If you have wrist pain or have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, seek care as soon as possible. Discover The AIMS Clinic approach for carpal tunnel symptoms.
Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation.