Symptoms and Signs
Symptoms and signs of CTS include:
- Feeling that your fingers are swollen, when little or no swelling is visible
- Pain shooting from the hand up the arm and as far as the shoulder
- Tingling that is painful in one or both hands that can cause sleep disturbance
- Feeling like you are not able to use your fingers
- Tingling in the hands during the daytime, followed by a decrease in ability to squeeze things
- Experiencing loss of strength in the thumb muscle, located near the palm
- Alternate repetitive tasks
- Change or modify any activities that put pressure on your wrists
- If you use a computer at work, use an adjustable chair and keyboard. Additionally, a wrist rest can help alleviate symptoms
- Stretch or flex your fingers and arms
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CTS is caused by swelling around the tendons which results in pinched nerves. Swelling is usually a result of repetitive and forceful movements of the wrist. Additionally, certain diseases, pregnancy, trauma, and certain diseases, can trigger CTS. CTS can also be genetic.
Patients who work on a computer keyboard, or work with small hand tools in manufacturing on a regular basis are at higher risk. Females are two to five times more likely than males to develop CTS. Tobacco, alcohol and high caffeine intake can also contribute to risk factors.
Prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
By making small changes in your work or leisure habits, you can prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Get Help for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The good news is that CTS can be easily treated by chiropractors. Chiropractors can use methods such as manipulation of the elbow, wrist, and upper spine, wrist supports, and ultrasound therapy. There are many studies that support the use of manipulation to treat CTS.
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