Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve located between the palm and the wrist becomes inflamed. Since this nerve is the primary pathway of the neural networks of the thumb and three fingers, intense pain can occur if the inflammation isn’t maintained. Additionally, the nerve passage may begin to block blood flow into the hand, depriving the fingers of blood and nutrients. Up to 3% of the population of the United States suffers from some degree of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although it affects men on a greater scale, both genders experience pain from the condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is noticed first by pain in the wrist and hand. Pain can also be accompanied by tingling or numbness. Since the symptoms can come and go, most people don’t get treated for carpal tunnel syndrome until it becomes too painful to ignore. At this phase, pain has typically traveled up the entire arm. Patients report that they often feel the need to shake their arms to stop the pain or tension. Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include repetitive use of the hands such as typing, writing, or mouse work. Arthritis can aggravate the joints and cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Pregnancy can cause carpal tunnel syndrome as fluid retention and swelling contribute to reduced blood flow in the wrists and compress the nerves.
As an expert in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Campo has numerous techniques to implement to reduce pain and discomfort for the patient. Most often, therapeutic adjustments to the arm, wrist, and cervical (neck) portion of the spine are helpful. Additionally, deep tissue massage and manipulation can cause the muscles and ligaments to reduce swelling and cause relief for the patient. Dr. Campo can use Active Release Techniques to cause tissue to relax and not be as painful. Please contact Dr. Campo at Park Slope Chiropractic today to receive relief of pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel.
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