Wrist Pain, Numbness & Pins and Needles could be caused by Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your wrist is compressed. Conventional medicine often relies on medication and surgery to deal with this painful condition, but safer, non-invasive alternatives exist. At Lifestyle Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, our medical and chiropractic team will treat this painful condition with non-surgical alternatives.
In fact, numerous studies have shown manual adjustments, gentle trigger point massage, instrument-based soft tissue therapy, gentle stimulation to the wrist, trigger point injections and assisted stretching helps relieve compression in the neck, shoulders, and upper back to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms, reduce inflammation and restore function.
Symptoms and Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Typically this condition develops in your forearm and wrist when your carpal tunnel, a small space in your wrist that protects the median nerve where it enters your hand, becomes inflamed and swollen. The swelling compresses the nerve and causes pain and a tingling sensation in your hand and fingers.
Symptoms to Look For:
- Pain in the arm between the elbow and hand
- Pain, numbness, or weakness in the hand, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger
- At first, symptoms appear more frequently at night, and you can shake your hand to relieve the discomfort. Over time, you’ll notice the symptoms linger throughout most of the day.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by inflammation associated with autoimmune conditions, diabetes, or hypothyroidism. Similar repeated movements of your wrists or a constant position where your hands are lower than your wrists also aggravates the condition.
Although carpel tunnel has no specific cause, any or all of the following may serve as a contributing factor:
- Frequent, repetitive, small movements with the hands (such as with typing or using a keyboard)
- Frequent, repetitive, grasping movements with the hands (such as with sports and certain physical activities)
- Joint or bone disease (for example, arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis)
- Hormonal or metabolic changes (for example, menopause, pregnancy or thyroid imbalance)
- Changes in blood-sugar levels (may be seen with type 2 diabetes)
- Other conditions or injuries of the wrist (for example, strain, sprain, dislocation, break or swelling and inflammation)
At Lifestyle Medical Center in Tulsa, OK we treat carpal tunnel syndrome without medications or surgery!
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by more than just a nerve entrapment at the level of the wrist. The peripheral nerve actually emerges from the spinal cord in the neck, then goes through the neck muscles, shoulder muscles/joint, elbow muscles/joint and then finally the wrist muscles/joint. The nerve can be trapped anywhere along its route to the wrist, or any combination of these areas.
That’s why our team of medical physicians and chiropractic providers believe it’s important to address the whole chain of events to get the best outcomes. The healthcare team at Lifestyle Medical Center believe the body is one interconnected unit and Neuromuscular dysfunction or lack of function or motion in one area can lead to referred pain elsewhere. With carpal tunnel syndrome, the pain in your hand and inflammation at the wrist can be a symptom of problems elsewhere in the body.
Our team of chiropractors and physicians work together to provide our patients with the best and most complete physical medicine and chiropractic care to restore function and motion and alleviate the pain and irritation associated with carpel tunnel syndrome. At our medical center you’ll receive a customized treatment plan including physical rehab exercises for your shoulders, wrists, and neck to improve your range of motion in the muscles and connective tissue and nerves that go to your arm and wrist. The integrated medical team at Lifestyle Medical Center may also offer joint injections to stimulate your body’s self-healing mechanisms and ease the constriction of the median nerve.
Call Lifestyle Medical Center to schedule an appointment today: (918) 215-2289.