WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARPAL TUNNEL IN HONOLULU
Carpal tunnel is a condition that numerous people have heard about mostly because they know of someone who developed the condition. It is unfortunate that there are millions of people all over the country including Honolulu who is currently suffering from carpal tunnel. Even though the carpal tunnel is very prevalent in this area, not many people are aware of its symptoms and treatments. The good news is that the chiropractic doctors at Honolulu Pain Relief Center are equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to treat patients suffering from this condition. In addition to that, these doctors will also give you all the information that you need about carpal tunnel syndrome. The first part of this article explains how the doctors will assist you when you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel.
Understanding the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
To be able to understand the symptoms of the carpal tunnel syndrome, you will first need to know what the carpal tunnel is. The name refers to the connective tissues located between your neck and wrist that act as a passageway for important structures. The tunnel plays host to several tendons and ligaments that supply the hand, especially the median nerve. The median nerve is the largest of three nerves that control sensation and movement in your hands. If something such as pressure interferes with the median nerve as it passes through the tunnel, there is a high chance that you will exhibit carpal tunnel symptoms. The pressure can be caused by repetitive work involving your wrist. Other causes of carpal tunnel are pregnancy, obesity, and diseases — such as rheumatoid. Injuries to your wrist can also cause carpal tunnel.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
There are numerous symptoms that can be used to identify carpal tunnel syndrome. However, there are some that are more common than the others. The doctors at Honolulu Pain Relief Center have noted that patients mostly experience numbness, tingling, and pain throughout their hands as initial symptoms. These sensations tend to worse during the night. The patient will also note that the pinky finger will not experience these symptoms, this is because it gets its nerve supply from a different nerve. The symptoms vary from slight to severe in different patients. The fingers might also enlarge because of swelling.
Carpal tunnel is known to affect the hand that is mostly used, however in some cases it affects both hands, especially when the cause is the vertebrae being dislocated in the spine. At the Honolulu Pain Relief Center, the doctors have different patients being affected by the syndrome. This means that it can affect almost everyone. However, people working in factories and assembly lines where they are required to perform repetitive tasks have a higher risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. The people working in construction, automotive work, cleaning, sewing, and meat preparation are also prone to carpal tunnel. The rate of infection has been observed to be higher in men than in women. This can be attributed to the anatomical differences between man and woman. Woman tend to have a smaller carpal tunnel through which the median nerve travels. It has also been observed that being diabetic increases your chances of being affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Available Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Relief
There are several treatments available for carpal tunnel with their success rates varying. The traditional approach involves physical therapy as well as wrist bracing. This usually leads to the surgical removal of the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel surgery success rate varies from patient to patient. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates that only 25 percent of these patients manage to return to their previous jobs after the surgery. It also shows that 57 percent of these patients still experience the symptoms even after the procedure. Most of the patients have undergone second and third surgeries together with numerous drug prescriptions after the procedure in order to get the full treatment.
The main question has been why there is a low success rate of treatment by surgery when the carpal tunnel is known to be the root cause of the symptoms. This is where the option of chiropractic comes in. Most of the symptoms associated with the syndrome are due to nervous interferences and misalignment of the spine. A chiropractor will follow your nerves through the shoulder, elbow, and the wrist to find the root cause of the symptoms if it is not the spine. If there is any misalignment in the joints then it is enough to cause the symptoms as well as any damages in the nerves. You should only go for surgery as the final option.
It is highly recommended that you start with a non-invasive approach instead of using a lot of money in surgery and still fail to get encouraging results. The chiropractors at Honolulu Pain Relief Center will assist you in making the right decision about your health. If you need carpal tunnel pain relief, contact our Honolulu chiropractic office today and get an appointment to consult with the professionals.