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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a problem that thousands of people deal with in Mountain Home.  The symptoms can vary from slight to severe.  The experience of our chiropractor shows with the many successful patient outcomes he has achieved.  This article will provide information to get you pointed in the right direction.

Details About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Some of the first symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be pain, numbness, or even tingling in the hands or wrists.  Entrapment of the median nerve, in carpal tunnel syndrome, can be very painful.  The function and use of your hands is controlled by this nerve.

The carpal tunnel is a small rigid pathway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand.  This structure is the housing for the median nerve.  The median nerve gets compressed from swelling of stressed tendons and ligaments, which narrows the carpal tunnel.  Symptoms of carpal tunnel can be pain, loss of strength, numbness and tingling, and radiating pain into the arm.

What Does Carpal Tunnel Feel Like

Some people ask what carpal tunnel feels like.  The most common symptoms are numbness and tingling, but symptoms can vary a lot.  Many times carpal tunnel can start with one hand, but overtime the other hand can be affected as well.  Some of the other symptoms that people feel are swollen fingers as well as pain in the area of the wrist hands and arms.  Pain can vary from slight to intense, depending on the severity of the condition.

The Risk Factors for Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Statistically speaking women are 3x's more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.  The carpal tunnel is smaller in women than it is in men, thats why it is thought the occurence is higher for women.  Many times ones dominant hand is affected first, but eventually they can also experience symptoms in their other hand.  Many people wonder why they have the symptoms in their opposite hand and the answer is often that the nerves coming out of their spine are compressed leading to symptoms at the end point of the nerves.

Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery the Right Strategy?

Medical treatments often include physical therapy, braces for the wrists, and many times even surgery to expand the carpal tunnel.  Medical treatments can have short term results if the true cause of the problem exists in the spine.  This is because the source of the problem is not being corrected.

Chiropractors find that misalignments in the spine, can irritate nerves that exit from the spine around the neck region.  Carpal tunnel can result when the nerves get irritated.  Nerves exit the spine on the right and left side, that's why many people end up with symptoms in both hands.  For many people correcting spinal misalignments will give them long term relief.

Decisions about healthcare can be tough, but we want you to know that we are here to help.  Dr. Joseph Long will help you understand why you have carpal tunnel, and what needs to be done to fix it.  If you have questions, don't hesitate to call our team at Long Chiropractic.  We can help you get back to your life again.

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