Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder that causes tingling, weakness, or numbness in your hand. Sometimes, the condition can be severe enough that you may need to seek further treatment. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, then our experienced team here at Reimer Wellness Center in Los Altos, CA can help. We work with patients suffering from carpal tunnel to help get them back to living pain-free.
Causes & Symptoms
Most people find it difficult to tell what caused their carpal tunnel syndrome. However, it is often caused by:
- Typing or any other repetitive wrist movements done consistently
- Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and hypothyroidism
Symptoms can include:
- Tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in the palm of your hand as well as your middle and index fingers
- Tingling that extends into your arm
- A shock feeling felt within your fingers
- Difficulty holding things and hand weakness
Your sleeping posture can also have an effect on your hands. Too much pressure on your hands while sleeping can lead to hand numbness. Upon awakening, you may notice tingling and numbness in your hands that may extend to your shoulder. Symptoms may begin to flare up during the day that can be caused by holding something with a bent wrist, such as reading or driving.
Our team will be able to accurately diagnose your carpal tunnel and the severity of it. We can treat the condition by addressing the underlying causes. Our chiropractor has the expertise and knowledge to determine what exactly is causing your carpal tunnel symptoms. In some cases, carpal tunnel is caused by issues with the upper spine. In these situations, we focus on relieving any nerve pressure from the affected area. Treatment may consist of the manipulation of your elbow or wrist.
Exercise is also great way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist extension stretches, wrist flexion stretches, and medial nerve glides are all effective in finding relief from carpal tunnel symptoms.
You should expect the recovery to take weeks or even months depending on how early you begin treatment. Recovery also depends on the type of treatment you receive. It can take longer to recover for people with more severe conditions. Chiropractic care has been proven to speed up the recovery process. We use manipulation that can decrease pressure in both the cervical spine and the median nerve.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, our team at Reimer Wellness Center is here to help. We serve Los Altos and the surrounding area. Our chiropractor will work with you to determine the exact cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome and find the best treatment for you.