Carpal Tunnel FAQ

Dr. Lee’s Spine Center Answers Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQs

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a growing problem among workers, because of long hours spent working at computers and other fine motor tasks. These activities can cause injury to delicate structures within the hand and wrist and can result in pain, nerve problems and weakness. Here are a few frequently asked questions we get about carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is an area formed by several small bones in the wrist. This passageway, which is only about an inch wide, also contains connective bands and nerves. Constant use can cause the structures in the wrist to swell and become inflamed. This action then causes pressure on nerves, and a number of uncomfortable symptoms that are referred to as “carpal tunnel syndrome."

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Genetics can cause the carpal tunnel area to be structurally vulnerable to damage. Repetitive movements of the hand can cause damage to internal structures. Holding the hand in an uncomfortable position for a long period can also lead to damage to the carpal tunnel. Hormonal changes in the body, such as during pregnancy, can lead to swelling of the structures. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, can also predispose individuals to the injury. Because the carpal tunnel is smaller in women, they are more vulnerable to carpal tunnel problems.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Carpal Tunnel Problems?

A spinal adjustment can help restore function in the upper body to improve function in the arms and hands. Corrective exercises can strengthen muscles and relieve pressure on nerves in the wrist. Massage therapy can bring increased blood flow and vital nutrients to the arms and hands. Acupuncture can be used to block pain and increase the production of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body.

Can I Prevent Carpal Tunnel Discomfort?

Active measure can help to prevent further carpal tunnel problems. Take advantage of wrist wrists and adjust your seating to reduce strain on arms and wrists when working at the keyboard. Wrist braces can help reduce injuries from repetitive hand tasks. Take frequent breaks to allow wrists and hands to rest. Exercise hand muscles by making a fist and then stretching out your fingers periodically during the day.

Make Dr. Lee’s Spine Center Your Chiropractor in Queens for Chiro Care

Dr. James Lee has many years of experience in providing quality chiropractic care for his patients in Queens, NY, Queen’s Village, Hollis, Rochdale, Ozone Park, and other nearby communities. We offer treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions, with a variety of effective techniques. Call Dr. Lee’s Spine Center today at 347-960-7774 for an appointment to learn about the techniques that can relieve carpal tunnel pain, tingling, and weakness.