Carpal tunnel syndrome and it’s treatment at Active Life in Austin
Where and what is the carpal tunnel?
According to the Mayo Clinic, ”Bound by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway – about as big around as your thumb – on the palm side of your wrist. It protects a main nerve (the Median Nerve) to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers.” Pressure placed on the median nerve produces the numbness, pain and eventually, hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
What causes CTS?
Anything that reduces the space for the median nerve, within the carpal tunnel, can cause pressure on the nerve. While some research shows that carpal tunnel syndrome can result from repetitive use of the tendons in the hand, other possible causes range from rheumatoid arthritis to hormonal disorders (diabetes, thyroid, menopause), wrist injuries and fluid retention. Any type of awkward, repetitive wrist or finger motions, forceful pinching or gripping and working with vibrating tools are associated with causes.
What treatment options are available at Active Life?
Pain prevention is key at Austin Active Life Wellness and Healthcare. Carpal tunnel syndrome patients are taught to use correct wrist position and posture in everyday tasks to keep hands flexible. With the use of chiropractic care, the Graston Technique, and cold laser therapy recurrence is very rare, and the majority of patients recover completely.
Call us today for a consultation about your wrist and arm pain. We can be reached at (512) 474-5433 (LIFE).
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