Chiropractic Tips

What to do if You Have Wrist Pain or Tingling or Numbness in Your Fingers

Posted: March 8, 2023
By: Dr. Jan Ormsby

You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if these conditions exist:

  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers, particularly the thumb, index, and middle fingers.
  • Pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist, or forearm, which may be dull or sharp.
  • Weakness in the hand, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as gripping objects or typing.
  • A sensation of swelling or inflammation in the fingers or hand, even if there is no visible swelling.
  • Difficulty performing fine motor tasks with the affected hand, such as buttoning clothes or holding small objects.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to consult with a health care professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

However, if you’ve already done that, here are some steps you can take if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Rest: If your symptoms are mild, rest the affected wrist and avoid activities that may exacerbate your symptoms.
  • Ice or heat therapy: Applying ice or heat to the affected wrist may help to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Wear a brace or splint: Wearing a wrist brace or splint can help to keep the wrist in a neutral position and reduce pressure on the median nerve.
  • Consider chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustments may help to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension, which may help to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments can also help to realign the bones and joints in the wrist and hand, reducing pressure on the median nerve and helping to alleviate symptoms. Adjustments can also help to improve circulation to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing inflammation that may be contributing to the compression of the median nerve. In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by misalignment or dysfunction in the neck, shoulders, or spine. Chiropractic adjustments can help to address these underlying issues, reducing tension and improving overall nerve function. Chiropractic adjustments also offer a drug-free approach to pain relief that can be particularly beneficial for people who may be unable to tolerate or prefer to avoid medication.
  • Consider physical therapy: Physical therapy may help to alleviate symptoms and improve wrist strength and flexibility.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may help to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

It's important to note that carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors, such as repetitive motions, injury, and underlying medical conditions. Therefore, the appropriate treatment plan will depend on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Consult with a qualified health care professional to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

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