Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel: Its Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

At Clayton Chiropractic in Clayton, North Carolina, we are committed to making your life better and assisting in the treatment and management of several common conditions. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by nerve compression in the carpal tunnel, which is located in the wrist on the palm side of your hand. Pressure on the median nerve can cause several symptoms that make work and daily life more complicated and uncomfortable. The exact causes of carpal tunnel are not entirely known, but it has been linked to several other medical conditions. These conditions include past breaks in wrist bones, existing nerve damage, diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, and workplace factors related to repetitive motions.    

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Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wrist pain is one of the most common symptoms reported with carpal tunnel syndrome; however, it is only one of several symptoms the condition can cause. Other symptoms include tingling sensations, numbness in the hands and arms, tightening of the fingers, and a loss of hand strength. Carpal tunnel worsens over time, with tingling often being the first noticed symptom, and numbness and loss of strength occurring later.

The Importance of Work Ergonomics

Repetitive motions and actions are a common part of many jobs in various industries. While there is conflicting data on whether such repetitive actions can directly cause carpal tunnel, what is not in debate is that they can worsen existing symptoms. Arranging your workplace using ergonomic guides can reduce the pressure daily tasks place on your wrists and other joints. Even simple changes to your keyboard location, desk height, computer monitor height, where your papers or tools are located, and the type of mouse and keyboard you use can have a notable impact. If your daily work habits include slouching, sitting or standing in the same position for long periods without moving, or bending your hands or arms at unusual angles, you could be worsening existing symptoms. 

When You Need Chiropractic Treatment and Advice

If you find yourself experiencing common symptoms of carpal tunnel such as wrist pain, Clayton Chiropractic can help. We are committed to serving patients here in Clayton, McGee Crossroads, and Archer Lodge, North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and we can help you manage your carpal tunnel through treatment and workplace changes. We can help you improve your quality of life both at work and at home.   

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