Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeYou’re working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling and numbness you’ve had for some time in your hand and wrist.

Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

The culprit? Inflammation affecting tissue and a nerve that runs from your forearm to fingers through a tunnel-like formation of bones in the wrist.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed.

Symptoms:

  • Usually start gradually
  • As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult

What causes the problem?

Some people have smaller carpal tunnels than other people do.

Other causes:

  • Performing repetitive work
  • Wrist injury
  • Swelling due to certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

Treatment:

  • Rest your hand
  • Splints
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Surgery

Make sure your desk and computer aren’t making you feel bad. Learn about ergonomics.

And if you’ve ever wondered about trying acupuncture for pain, now may be the time to learn more.

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Metro Diner. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

Dr. Ferguson also offers a noninvasive low-energy or low-level laser therapy that is Food and Drug Administration approved for temporary pain relief. But most insurance plans don’t cover it just yet.