Have you been typing away at your keyboard for hours on end and then felt a tingling sensation followed by numbness in your hand or wrist? If you have, you may have developed a case of carpal tunnel syndrome. While it first feels like the end of the world, you have various treatment options available to help address the condition. While your doctor might suggest an aggressive steroid treatment plan, you can utilize chiropractic care to manage your pain and get the carpal tunnel relief you need. The first thing you have to do, though, is know how to identify a carpal tunnel in the first place. 

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your wrist becomes compressed. This compression can be caused by repetitive hand motions, underlying health problems, or even the anatomy of your hand. The median nerve starts in your spine and runs down the length of your arm, helping with fine motor control. As the carpal tunnel starts to develop, you will begin to feel numbness, tingling, and pain starting in your wrist and radiating into your hand. In order to treat the condition quickly and prevent prolonged discomfort, you need to be able to identify the symptoms and treatment methods. 

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Infographic including a diagram of where symptoms of carpal tunnel may appear

The first telltale sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome comes in the form of tingling in your hand and wrist. As the condition worsens, that tingling becomes accompanied by pain and numbness throughout the hand. Most often, the pain is felt most acutely on the thumb side of your hand. Additionally, if you feel your hand and grip strength have gotten progressively weaker, carpal tunnel syndrome may be to blame. 

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

Since the median nerve begins in your spine, carpal tunnel can indicate an underlying problem in your upper back. Your chiropractor can help determine if issues in your cervical spine are contributing to your developing symptoms. Once identified as the underlying cause of the pressure on the median nerve, your chiropractor can begin treatment to alleviate the pressure. Additionally, your chiropractor can apply gentle pressure to your wrist and hand to help address the symptoms. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome can start as a nuisance but quickly develop into a bigger problem if left untreated. Knowing the symptoms to look out for and your treatment options will help you address the problem early, and with the right chiropractic treatment, you can find the relief you need. 

In addition to carpal tunnel relief, Academy Injury & Health Center can help our clients with extensive sports injury therapy and help with chronic headaches. Contact the Academy Injury & Health Center team to learn how we can help and schedule your next appointment!