Carpal Tunnel From Pronator Teres Sioux City
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Have you ever experienced a numbing and tingling sensation in your hand or wrist? Did you ever feel a weakness or clumsiness in your thumb and fingers? If yes, then you might be showing signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a compression of the median nerve, which controls feeling and strength in your thumb, index, and middle finger.
Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There have been numerous academic and medical studies on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the entrapment of the median nerve. An early theory suggested that the nerve compression only occurred in the wrist. This is a common problem, but there are other areas of compression at the elbow, shoulder, and neck that can create the same symptoms. Entrapping (or compressing) the nerve anywhere in its path from the neck will produce the exact same symptoms. Considering all of the possible nerve entrapment sites helps to explain why so many different habits, occupations, and conditions produce CTS.
Repetitive jobs are one of the most common causes of CTS. Clerks and musicians are examples of the professions that practice highly repetitive tasks with their hands. These jobs entail sitting for long periods and infrequently deviating from their task. Most people take infrequent or short breaks before resuming activity. It is worth noting that women are more than twice as likely to develop CTS as compared to men. CTS is also associated with conditions such as diabetes and gallbladder disease.
Signs and Symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve; this can constrict blood flow and result in nerve damage. Traumatic bone injuries, such as fractures and dislocations, can also produce this condition if the injury compresses or changes the path of the nerve as it runs down the arm and wrist.
Signs and symptoms of CTS include:
- Swollen tendons and thickened ligaments
- Sharp pain from palm to the wrists on the front of the hand
- Numbness and tingling in the wrist, thumb, and index and middle fingers
- Losing sensation or feeling in hands
- Decreased functional activity of the hands
- Pain in the wrist and thumb during or following prolonged activity
- Tightness in the forearm muscles
Home Treatment and Prevention of CTS
Carpal tunnel Syndrome is primarily an injury caused by repetitive stress, poor postures, and habits. Some CTS prevention tips include:
- Take frequent breaks to exercise your hands
- Consider an ergonomically designed workstation
- Maintain proper body posture when working
- Exercise and stretch the forearms regularly
- Restrict wrist movements using CTS bracelets
- Keep an active lifestyle
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can severely limit and restrict your lifestyle at home and work, as well as limit your leisure activities. Diagnosis still proves to be a challenging task since it will still depend on a patient’s history, symptom description, pain severity, and a series of physical exams. An advanced electro-diagnostic test can be performed to gauge nerve conduction, or the health of the nerve. One test cannot always diagnose CTS, and it often requires several exams, in conjunction with a full understanding of your medical and physical history, for a proper diagnosis. Since no particular tests can readily pinpoint this condition, it is advisable for patients to immediately consult a doctor once you experience any of the previously mentioned symptoms.
Active treatments that can be administered as an outpatient include chiropractic and physical therapy treatments including electrotherapy, heat or ice application, stretching and exercise routines, ultrasound, cold laser, Graston Technique, ART, ASTYM, massage therapy, or manual therapy. These treatments are used to decrease pain and lower inflammation.
These treatments are used to lessen the muscle spasms in the wrist, forearm, shoulder, or neck. Severe and chronic carpal tunnel injuries respond to Graston and massage therapy treatments. This can be especially effective when the CTS is a result of pronator teres syndrome. Combining these treatments with traditional therapies speeds the healing and recovery process for CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can often be mistaken for wrist pain, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, or cubital tunnel syndrome. Previous history of elbow injuries, cervical radiculopathy, and shoulder injuries often contribute to the development of carpal tunnel as you try and protect your original injury.
Our office strives to provide quality treatment for your carpal tunnel pain and symptoms. We combine the best office treatments to effectively and efficiently treat your CTS. More information on treatment can be found on our treatment page.