Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that happens when the median nerve that runs from the arm to the hand become squeezed at the wrist. This nerve is responsible for sensations and some motor functions in the palm, the fingers (other than the little finger), and the thumb. When tendons or other tissues are irritated and swell, it can cause pressure to be placed on this nerve, often resulting in pain in the hand, numbness, weakness, or pain radiating up the arm.
While carpal tunnel can affect anyone, some of the risk factors for developing the condition are wrist injuries, stress related to repetitive hand and wrist motions, fluid retention, regular use of vibrating hand tools.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Treatable
Pain, weakness, and numbness in your hand can affect your ability to do your job and engage in everyday tasks. Fortunately, there are treatment options available. Some of the these are discussed below.
- Home Remedies – If you are experiencing mild symptoms related to carpal tunnel, your healthcare provider may first recommend home treatment options such as wearing a wrist splint of giving your hands and wrists a rest from certain activities.
- Physical Therapy – This noninvasive option often involves the use of stretching, range-of-motion exercises, manual therapy, and ultrasound.
Pharmaceutical Treatment – Your healthcare provider may recommend that you start taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen that are effective at reducing pain and inflammation. Other options involving the use of drugs include administering oral corticosteroids or actually injecting corticosteroids into the affected area.
- Surgery – In serious cases that are non-responsive to other types of treatment or which involve the risk of damage to your nerves, your physician may recommend surgery for the treatment of your carpal tunnel syndrome.
Call Tampa Bay Spine & Injury Today to Learn More
If you are suffering from the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel, you should call Tampa Bay Spine & Injury today. Our team of experienced chiropractors and specialists will create an individualized treatment plan to address your specific problems. Call our Brandon, Florida office today at 813-381-3852 to schedule an appointment.