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Carpal Tunnel

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.

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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.

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Reviews From our Satisfied Patients

  • "I was very impressed with the chiropractic care I received from Gabriel. I had received chiropractic in the past for my neck pain, but not to this level of care. After only a few sessions, my symptoms began to disappear, especially my neck pain, and I know I would not have been able to perform to my everyday work functions without the treatment I received."
    John Doe / Portland, OR
  • "As a court reporter, using my hands to type on a daily basis is a requirement. The work is speedy and can often last for hours at a time. Several months ago, every movement I made became excruciatingly painful. I started seeing Gabriel and got started on a program that helped right away. The doctor stressed the importance of my posture and proper hand and arm placement."
    Jane Smith / Portland, OR
  • "I have benefited tremendously from the chiropractic care I received from Gabriel. Not only has the adjustments helped alleviate my stiffness and aches, but it has helped me have more energy and just feel more balanced over all. A few months ago, I was able to resume a favorite hobby of mine - golf. Due to my previous pain, I never thought that’d be possible."
    Kelly McDonald / Portland, OR