Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Access Chiropractic Center

Chiropractor located in Rock Hill, SC

Pain, numbness, and tingling in your wrist and hand are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Avoid the discomfort and reduce your risk of chronic wrist pain by getting treatment from Jeffery Muschik, DC, of Access Chiropractic Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dr. Muschik has more than 15 years of experience providing personalized, compassionate care to patients dealing with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. To book an appointment, use the online tool or call the office now.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops when the median nerve that travels from your forearm into your hand becomes compressed or irritated, most often in your wrist. It is called carpal tunnel syndrome because the median nerve passes through an area of your wrist called the carpal tunnel, which is surrounded by thick, fibrous tissue that supports the bones of your wrist.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome primarily causing symptoms of nerve pain and discomfort, including:

  • Numbness and tingling in the wrist and hand
  • Sharp, shooting pain into the hand
  • Numbness on the thumb side of your hand
  • Stiffness and decreased range of motion in your wrist
  • Relief of pain when squeezing your wrist

These symptoms may begin gradually and build up over time until you experience constant numbness or discomfort. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of developing chronic carpal tunnel syndrome.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel. This can occur for multiple reasons. First, the tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel between your forearm and wrist can become swollen from overuse and may press on the median nerve.

Second, the fibrous band of tissue that surrounds the carpal tunnel can become tight and lead to a decreased range of motion and pressure on your median nerve. Third, joint dysfunction in the bones of your wrist can also cause certain bones to press on your median nerve.

Dr. Muschik evaluates all potential causes of carpal tunnel syndrome during your exam at Access Chiropractic Center in order to determine the cause of your symptoms. In some cases, you may need X-rays, an MRI, or a nerve conduction test for a definitive diagnosis.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the cause. For carpal tunnel syndrome caused by swollen tendons, Dr. Muschik provides soft tissue therapy, massage therapy, and electrical muscle stimulation to relieve inflammation in the tendons so that they return to their normal size.

Soft tissue therapy and rehabilitative stretches and exercises can be used to loosen tight, fibrous tissues in the wrist that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Finally, Dr. Muschik may perform chiropractic adjustments to the wrist to improve the alignment and range of motion of the joints in the wrist, which can take the pressure off of the nerve.

Get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome today by calling Access Chiropractic Center or scheduling a visit online.