Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Brentwood
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common neurological issues today, and affects three to six percent of the population. Although carpal tunnel interferes with your day to day activities, the good news is your chiropractor can perform a non-invasive form of treatment to provide relief from the condition. If you live in the Brentwood area, contact Maryland Farms chiropractic for more information.
What Is Carpal Tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in the wrist that houses the median nerve. This nerve extends from the spine all the way to the hand. Occasionally, the carpal tunnel may swell, which can cause compression on the median nerve. The result is carpal tunnel syndrome.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel
The exact cause of carpal tunnel is unknown, though research suggests the condition is caused by repetitive movement of the wrist. The condition most often affects office workers, or those who sit at a computer for long periods, construction workers, and even factory workers who perform the same tasks with their hands every day. Because there is no known cause, treating carpal tunnel can also be difficult.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel
There are several tests that can be used to rule out other causes of hand and wrist pain. First, your physician will ask questions about your medical history, your occupation, and when you experience the pain in your hands and wrists. The questioning helps rule out arthritis and injuries. Some tests may include:
Tinel’s Test: where your physician will tap or press on the median nerve to see if your fingers tingle or if you feel an electric-shock sensation.
The Phalen’s Maneuver: where your doctor will press the back of your hands and fingers together with your fingers pointed down and hold the position for one to two minutes. If your fingers get numb, then chances are you have carpal tunnel.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic care for carpal tunnel is a non-invasive form of pain relief. Your chiropractor will perform a series of adjustments and perform gentle manipulation of the wrist, elbow and cervical spine to relieve pressure on the nerve.
Find Help for Carpal Tunnel by Calling Us
If left untreated, carpal tunnel can cause permanent damage to the hand or thumb. If you think you have carpal tunnel, contact Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood at (615) 309-8279 to schedule an appointment or to get answers to any of your questions.