This condition is considered present if the median nerve has been squeezed or pressed in the wrist. This nerve runs along the palm and forearm. It is responsible for controlling various sensations and impulses in the area.
The carpal tunnel is a rigid and narrow passage of bones and ligaments that is located at the base of the hand. This is where the tendons and median nerve are located. Sometimes irritated tendons or swelling can narrow the tunnel, which causes the nerve inside to become compressed. This results in weakness, pain and numbness in the wrist and hand. Sometimes this radiates through the arm.
A combination of factors may lead to this condition. Furthermore, there is a long list of symptoms as well. Every person experiences this in his or her own way. Still, doctors can perform special tests to ensure this problem is present before they begin issuing in a care solution.
Care needs to be given promptly. The underlying cause for this problem, such as arthritis or diabetes, must be managed as a first step in this process. Doctors are expected to encourage taking a few weeks off to rest. This is when patients should limit any actions that make the symptoms worse. Wrist immobilization is effective at preventing additional damage that might come about from twisting and other movements. Applying ice to the affected area can reduce any swelling.
It is a the objective of chiropractors to use natural and non-invasive solutions when helping patients. Typically they consider surgery a last option. Non-surgical procedures that might benefit these patients: alternative therapies like acupuncture, exercise, and natural supplements or medication. Stretching and strengthening exercises are helpful, but should ideally be done under doctor supervision.