When people hear the phrase “carpal tunnel,” they often think of the pain, numbness, or tingling that occurs when a major nerve (the median nerve) of the hand is squeezed or compressed. However, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that protects this nerve and the flexor tendons that bend the fingers and thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues of the carpal tunnel swell, putting pressure on the median nerve.
Tightness in upper forearm muscles
Numbness and tingling into the hand, particularly last 3 fingers
Weakness of the hand
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome are from our regular daily activities. Activities can be so regular and repetitive that it causes inflammation and swelling in overused parts of the body.
Typing for long periods
Carrying heavy trays (servers and waitstaff)
Grasping type of work (farming, picking plants or produce, etc.)
Exercises, adjustments or splints can help relieve discomfort so you can get back to your life, job, and favorite activities.
Proper stretching and exercises can alleviate the pressure and pain that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Forming good habits, and taking necessary breaks can have a huge impact on your symptoms and your every day life.
Among other factors, this depends on the treatments that our doctors recommend, the severity of your carpal tunnel, and how diligent you are about your recovery. It may take anywhere from several weeks to several months to start feeling relief.
During this time, it’s very important to follow any at-home exercises and therapy recommendations given to you by the team at Thrive Wellness Center. You should also make sure you come in for regular treatment and adjustments, as recommended by our doctors.
Recovery is a long process, but if you’re diligent about caring for your wrist, your symptoms will begin to improve. As you recover, you will experience less pain, tingling, numbness, and discomfort, and will be able to use your hands more effectively once again.