Frequently Asked Questions About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that we treat at Metro Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Center in Rockville, MD. The condition is linked to repetitive movements and can be very uncomfortable. We have gathered some of the questions that we run into from our patients regarding carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a compressed median nerve. This is a nerve that travels through the wrist, which is why so many people that work with their hands suffer from this condition. Those at the highest risk for the disorder include typists, manual laborers, musicians, athletes, artists, and others that use their hands and wrists frequently. People with injuries that cause frequent inflammation are also at risk.
What Are the Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
People living with carpal tunnel syndrome experience sudden pain around the thumb or wrist, often while grasping an object. As a result, you may notice that your grip is weakening. Some people experience numbness or tingling that shoots as far up as the shoulder.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
Your diagnosis is based on a few factors. Our chiropractor will ask a few questions about your background and perform an exam. This exam may include some tapping on your wrist to check for tingling and some application of pressure to your wrist. If you already have a diagnosis, we can move forward with treatment.
What Treatments Are Available?
Dr. Sarabi will create a personalized treatment plan that is designed to provide pain relief and support the healing process. Natural recovery is often the primary goal for our patients. Our patients find success with massage therapy, which can relieve some of the pain and swelling in the wrist. Trigger point therapy involves manual manipulation of the muscles and ligaments, which can also relieve pain. In cases where we think more work is needed, we may recommend acupuncture for additional pain relief.
In other cases, our patients receive electrical muscle stimulation. This is a process that encourages blood flow to the affected area to promote healing. This can also relieve inflammation in the wrist. Our chiropractor provides help with stretching and strengthening the muscles and ligaments in the wrists, arms, and hands. Our personalized treatment plan will help you work out the appropriate muscles and keep them flexible.
Get Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Rockville, MD
You do not have to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. We provide treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome along with a wide variety of other health conditions. Best of all, chiropractic care does not rely on pain medication or invasive procedures like surgery to produce results. Call our team today at (240) 418-9239 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarabi.