Carpal Tunnel FAQ From Your Rhode Island chiropractor
Your Rhode Island chiropractor frequently answers questions about carpal tunnel syndrome, a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers.
Rhode Island chiropractor Answers Frequently Asked Questions about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Can my Rhode Island chiropractor diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
Yes, your chiropractor can diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Is carpal tunnel syndrome common?
Yes,3 to 6 percent of adults suffer from the condition.
What are the symptoms of CTS?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness and sometimes pain in the wrist and hand.
What causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a pinched nerve that goes from your spine, through a narrow passageway in your wrist, and into the palm of your hand. This nerve, known as the median nerve, serves the palm side of your thumb and first three fingers to provide movement and sensation there.
What is the underlying cause of CTS?
Many medical professionals believe repetitive motions increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Spending a lot of time typing might cause CTS, for example, or working in an assembly line. Trauma to the median nerve, certain diseases, and pregnancy may also trigger the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Who is most at risk for CTS?
Those who work with small hand tools, as in manufacturing jobs, and people who work at computers are at high risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Women are three more times likely to develop the condition than are men, and CTS is most common in people ages 30 to 60. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, pregnancy, connective tissues diseases, rubella, obesity, and menopause can increase the risk for the condition. High use of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco may raise your risk for CTS.
How does a chiropractor diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?
Your chiropractor diagnoses carpal tunnel syndrome with a thorough exam of your hands, arms, shoulders, and neck. Next, your chiropractor checks your wrist for swelling, tenderness, warmth, and discoloration then tests each finger for sensation. Your doctor will also assess the strength of the muscles at the base of your hand. Your chiropractor may order x-rays and other tests to rule out arthritis, fractures, or diabetes that could be causing your symptoms.
How does a chiropractor treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
A chiropractor treats CTS with manipulation of the bones in the wrist, elbow and upper spine. Chiropractic manipulation alleviates the pressure on the median nerve to relieve symptoms.
I have carpal tunnel syndrome. What should I do?
Make an appointment with your chiropractor at Breiding Chiropractic Clinic, conveniently located at 5544 Post Road in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. We also serve patients in Providence, North Kingstown, and Warwick RI. Make your appointment today by calling 401-884-8687.