Our hands are very valuable to us. We rely heavily on our wrists and hands to not only function but to help us perform any and all activities with ease. If this ability is impaired or cause us pain, it can be debilitating. Carpal tunnel syndrome might be the condition you are experiencing if you have or have had pain combined with numbness and tingling sensations in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common among those who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The pain you feel from carpal tunnel is a result of excess pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. The big question is, what causes that excess pressure? You can probably take a wild guess of the leading cause of carpal tunnel. If you guessed “overuse” you guessed right! There are many activities that fall under the category of overuse that can cause these symptoms to arise.
- Sleeping patterns can also lead to chronic inflammation and swelling.
- Improper ergonomic set up can cause daily overuse leading to inflammation.
- Fractures or trauma to your wrist.
- Overextending your wrist repeatedly.
- Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel in San Francisco
It is important to treat carpal tunnel symptoms as early as possible. Chiropractic care has shown to reduce pain and create long-term relief. Treatment may include a variety of strategies including chiropractic manipulations , soft tissue therapies like Active Release Technique, and even using kinesiotape .
In the meantime, using a wrist support will help minimize the stress on your hands and wrists along with the following methods.
- Take frequent breaks
- Fix your posture
- Relax your grip
- Keep your hands warm
When you visit our chiropractors in San Francisco, they will examine you from head to toe to assess the balance of your body. There is often an underlying issue causing your pain and they will be able to help identify it and give you a custom plan for healing.