What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed as it passes through the wrist. Repetitive stress when using your wrists and fingers with activities such as prolonged keyboard usage or handheld telephone usage is a common cause for the syndrome. The trained specialists at Comprehensive Medical Care are here to help find a solution to get you the comfort and relief needed to resume normal activities. Carpal tunnel is a treatable condition. Our team of healthcare providers assists by offering you occupational therapy, chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and more to reach your goals. Call us today when you need assistance regaining full use of your wrist and fingers again without pain, numbness, and soreness.
What Does It Feel Like When You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The typical symptoms a patient will feel if suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome can include numbness, tingling, or pain into the hand, fingers, or within the forearms. In addition, the patient can also experience weakness in the hands, making it difficult to grasp or hold particular objects. The symptoms are usually worse when waking up in the morning. You may find it increasingly difficult to perform specific tasks you were ordinarily able to do with ease. They will start gradually and only worsen if you don’t seek treatment. Comprehensive Medical Care can help diagnose your injury and craft a personal care plan to get you the relief you need.
How Long Does Carpal Tunnel Usually Last?
Carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t have to turn into a severe condition. The professionals at Comprehensive Medical Care can help you heal fairly quickly with comfortable treatments. The biggest mistake we see patients make is waiting too long to seek help because they feel it will get better on its own. The truth is it won’t. The pain will only get worse the longer you let it linger and it will begin to affect your daily routine. You should seek the attention of our staff as soon as you start to notice the symptoms. Our trained professionals can work to treat it quickly so you can continue regular everyday tasks, especially at your job. Not every case is the same, but we can help find the treatment that doesn’t hinder you from your routine. We can also offer suggestions to help reduce the chances of carpal tunnel resurfacing after our treatments. More severe issues with carpal tunnel may require surgery if left untreated.
How Can I Check Myself for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The biggest thing you can do at home to check for carpal tunnel syndrome is look out for the listed symptoms. There are also some tests you can complete at home to help decide if you need to visit Comprehensive Medical Care for a proper diagnosis:
- Place your hands in an inverted position with the back of your palms touching. Let them sit like this for 30-60 seconds. If you start to feel those symptoms (numbness and tingling) occur, this is a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Take one of your hands, and with your middle finger, on the other hand, begin tapping in the middle of your suspected hand down by the wrist. After a few taps, if you have carpal tunnel, you should start to feel those symptoms occur.
- This last one will require the help of another friend or family member. They will take their thumbs and begin to compress in the same spot you were tapping for the previous test. Have them hold the pressure there for up to 30 seconds or when you start to feel the tingling sensation or numbness.
If you feel these symptoms arise after or during any of these at-home tests, please call Comprehensive Medical Care right away to schedule your free consultation and receive a professional diagnosis.
Therapy Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and occupational therapy can help reduce the symptoms caused by carpal tunnel syndrome by loosening up the wrist bones surrounding the median nerve. They also help increase the strength of the hand and arm muscles affected by the condition. Also, nerve stretching and techniques directed at the neck can vastly improve a patient’s condition. To reduce the severity of the symptoms in the morning, a carpal tunnel splint worn at night may be a highly practical option for your case.
Call Comprehensive Medical Care for a Free Consultation
If you feel the symptoms develop on their own or if you experienced them after conducting the at-home tests, please reach out to the professional staff at Comprehensive Medical Care. We have helped those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome for many years. We will use our experience and knowledge to help develop a personalized care plan to get you typing, gripping, and performing other daily routines without pain again in no time. Call today to schedule your free consultation.