Carpal tunnel syndrome, often shortened to just "carpal tunnel," is a condition in which inflammation in the wrist causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. Repetitive motion is believed to cause the vast majority of cases, but other trauma to the wrist, congenital abnormalities, obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and even unknown causes can also trigger the problem.
The carpal tunnel is a small space in your wrist that serves as the pathway for several tendons as well as the median nerve. This nerve controls the feeling and motion for your thumb and fingers, with the exception of the pinky finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome arises when enough pressure is put on this nerve to interfere with signal transmission. This pressure comes from swelling of the tendons and other nearby structures.
While many people know about the surgery that opens up the carpal tunnel area, most also aren't eager to have any sort of operations. Therefore, other treatments are tried first, and surgery is only recommended if the more conservative options don't work.
Between treatment sessions, you'll likely be advised to stop doing any activities that are known to aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome, such as repetitive motions. You may also be given a wrist brace to wear at night in order to give your carpal tunnel region enough rest to speed recovery. In some cases, you'll wear this brace during the day as well.
To get started on carpal tunnel treatments in Omaha, NE, just call us here at Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture. If you're a new patient, you'll get a free consultation.