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Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, weakness, tingling, and other problems in your hand. This syndrome is progressive, meaning it can grow worse over time, especially if left untreated. Fortunately, our Lexington chiropractor provides safe, effective treatment for symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are the result of pressure on the median nerve, which runs through your forearm to the palm of your hand. The median nerve provides feeling to the palm side of your thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of your ring finger. The median nerve also controls some of the muscle movements at the base of your thumb.
To get to your hand, the median nerve passes through a narrow opening in the bones of your wrist, known as the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a very narrow passageway of bones and ligaments. In addition to housing your median nerve, the carpal tunnel also houses the tendons that help you bend your fingers. Housing both the median nerve and the tendons leaves very little room in the narrow carpal tunnel.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can develop when something presses against the median nerve. Irritated tendons can sometimes swell and narrow the carpal tunnel, compressing the median nerve. Compression of the median nerve can lead to numbness, weakness, and sometimes pain in the areas of your hand and wrist served by the median nerve.
Medical professionals refer to the compression of the median nerve as an “entrapment neuropathy,” which your symptoms are the result of the median nerve becoming “entrapped” and pinched within the carpal tunnel. In fact, carpal tunnel is the most common type of entrapment neuropathy.
Our chiropractor in Lexington offers carpal tunnel treatment that alleviates pressure on the median nerve and relieves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel treatment should begin as early as possible for optimal results. Non-surgical treatments include splinting, corrective exercises, and chiropractic care of the wrist, arm and upper spine to lessen pressure on the median nerve. Lifestyle advice can help you avoid many of the repetitive activities that increase your risk of developing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery is sometimes required to release pressure on the median nerve. Chiropractic care can reduce your need for surgery, and optimize the results of carpal tunnel surgery as necessary.
If you need carpal tunnel treatment in Lexington, make an appointment with ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center. Our Lexington chiropractor, Robert W. Kirby, DC, has the training, diagnostic tools, and experience to diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome. ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center is conveniently located at 1412 North Boardway in Lexington, KY. Make your appointment today by contacting us at 859-543-0252.