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Posted on 03-19-2013

Your Portland Chiropractor Explains Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel treatment in Portland.jpgCarpal tunnel syndrome, a painful inflammation of the hand and wrist, is commonly associated with work related injuries, but it can also occur from sports or any other activity that stresses this area. If you are one of the millions who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you should know that we can treat it non-surgically here at the offices of Dr. Samantha Stuart DC, PC.

The carpal tunnel is a hollow area inside the wrist defined by the carpal bones. This area contains the flexor tendons of the hand as well as the median nerve, a large nerve that branches into smaller nerves that provide sensation and motor control to the thumb and the first three fingers. When the tissues surrounding the nerve become inflamed due to acute injury or chronic overuse, the pressure on the nerve causes it to malfunction. Symptoms include pain, stiffness or weakness in the hand or wrist and numbness or other odd sensations in the affected fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome from hours of keyboard and mouse usage is one of the most common work related injuries. Awkward wrist angles from incorrect desk or chair levels make this condition even more likely.

Work Related Injuries of the Hand and Wrist

Our Portland chiropractor, Dr. Stuart, can diagnose your painful hand or wrist condition and prescribe natural treatments that can help you avoid surgery. First we will determine whether you really have carpal tunnel syndrome or another condition that mimics some of the symptoms, such as thoracic outlet syndrome (a pinched nerve near the thoracic vertebrae).

A combination of chiropractic adjustment, massage, physical therapy and other natural treatments can release nerve impingements, relieve pain and strengthen weakened hand muscles. Once your symptoms have resolved themselves, we can teach you how to improve your workplace ergonomics and posture, and prescribe ongoing wellness care to help you avoid future bouts of this disabling condition.

How long have you had carpal tunnel syndrome? When did it first become obvious?

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