Carpal Tunnel Specialist
For people experiencing some type of trauma to their hands, they may feel a stabbing pain that moves from the wrists up into their arms. This pain may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Mark Gabriel at The Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon provides treatment to deal with this condition.
Carpal Tunnel Q & A
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What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Inside the hand and wrist lies the carpal tunnel and the median nerve. Sometimes compression or a form of trauma to this nerve causes sharp, chronic pain. Sprains, swelling, fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, and tumors in the carpal tunnel may also cause this pain. In other instances, a doctor cannot identify why a person experiences the stabbing pain or weakness in the wrist.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common symptoms consist of tingling, numbness, burning or itching sensations in the palms or the fingers. These feelings may last all day while feeling worse at night. When a person wakes in the morning, they jerk or move their hands trying to shake out the numbness and pain. Most people don't realize that they have carpal tunnel syndrome until the symptoms worsen.
Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
While any adult can get carpal tunnel syndrome, women experience this condition 3 times more often than men due to some having smaller carpal tunnels in their wrists. People with diabetes also have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome due to the metabolic changes to the nerves in their bodies. People who work manufacturing and food packing jobs commonly deal with this condition although carpal tunnel syndrome is not restricted to any specific job or industry.
What Types of Treatment Are Provided to People with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
At The Wellness Center, Dr. Gabriel will perform an examination to determine whether a person has carpal tunnel syndrome. This examination involves the use of electrodiagnostic tests to study the nerve and see how it reacts to transmitted electrical pulses. If a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is made, Dr. Gabriel will provide a range of nonsurgical treatments that include acupuncture and chiropractic care to strengthen the wrists and relieve the pain.