Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive disease that starts with a slight pain in the wrist or numbness in the fingers and gets worse over time. If you notice these symptoms or perhaps just have an ache in your hands, these may be the first signs of the disease. If you are concerned you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome then contact Dr. Tom Molstad from the Molstad Chiropractic Clinic, serving Sioux City and the surrounding area.
This disease is an inflammation that increases due to repetitive injury. Typing is one of the main causes of this problem; however, any other type of repetitive use of the wrist and the hand may also cause this. These individual injuries are each fairly minor, but it is the repetitive nature of them that creates a serious problem. Pain comes from pressure on the median nerve and inflammation that may result in swelling. Healing is easier and faster if a person takes remedial action when first noticing the problem, rather than waiting until when the problem is much more severe.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some typical symptoms of this disease:
- Numbness: This feels like part of your hand has gone to sleep.
- Tingling: Fingers and part of the wrist and hand may have a tingling sensation like a pinched nerve.
- Pain: An aching pain may be felt in the thumbs and fingers in one or both hands.
- Radiating Pain: Pain and a burning-like sensation may radiate from the wrist area and travel up the arm.
- Wrist Problems: Using hands for typing may be painful. Flexing the wrist might cause a sharp pain. Wrist pain that continues to ache, especially at night, may interfere with restful sleep.
- Weakness: The muscles in the hand may weaken and this causes reduced gripping strength.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment
Treatment includes changing positions of how the hands are used so as not to overextend the wrists. Wearing splints that support the wrists and hold them in the correct position is a good idea. Stopping the things that caused repetitive injuries may be needed. Medication may provide pain relief and reduce swelling.
Serious conditions of this disease may benefit from steroid injections to reduce inflammation. Surgery may be required if non-surgical treatments fail. Treatment may include treating any underlying conditions that may make this problem worse, such as diabetes or arthritis.
See Your Doctor Right Away
Any signs of carpal tunnel syndrome should be taken seriously because the disease only gets worse if left untreated. If you make an appointment with Dr. Tom Molstad from the Molstad Chiropractic Clinic in Sioux City, he can take the necessary steps to reduce this problem and provide some pain relief. To schedule an appointment, call 712-276-7742 and we will be happy to answer any additional questions about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.