Carpal tunnel’s problems can take time to show themselves. It feels like we are healthy for one minute with no problems at all. However, carpal tunnel suffers find that there comes a day when their hands begin to feel numb. It can be quite scary. We, as humans, try to tough things out and do things that would normally help us feel better. We try stretching, exercising the fingers, and then try to go back to work as soon as possible. The outcome is always the same, the pain and numbness continues and it does not cease to interrupt what would otherwise be a productive workday.
Many people ask themselves a very simple question in their own minds, “why is this happening to them?” The pain and inconvenience of carpal tunnel syndrome strikes quickly. The problem can leave the stoutest of workers feeling terrible about how they cannot live up to their own expectations about how much work they can do in a day.
The question that remains after all of that is what is the underlying cause of the problem? A health professional will usually try to pinpoint the cause of the problem by asking about any injuries to the extremities that may explain the sudden onset of the problem. However, most people with carpal tunnel syndrome will say that they did not suffer any injuries in their hands. It is not uncommon for both hands to have problems. A hard landing on one wrist could have easily involved both of them without the person realizing that they braced themselves with both hands or landed in a way that was awkward for the otherwise unaffected hand. The problem may not even rear its head for days, but the symptoms may present themselves as soon as within minutes.
It is important to realize that our problem here is much different. We are talking about a very specific problem, carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel may be very slow to show itself, however, it tends to show up unexpectedly. A person can work normally for a day and then find that they are completely incapable of working the next day.
The cause of the problems is the nerves that run through the wrists. The nerves that we are talking about run from the neck, through the shoulder, travel to the arm then into our extremities where the carpal tunnel or carpal canal is found.
Some people think that typing can be very hard on the fingers with the impact stress. Some people also think that it cannot be healthy for the hand either. Yet, a person needs to think about the other areas where those nerves begin or cross in order to have a good understanding of what is happening in their body. It is very easy to damage these spots in other types of accidents. The neck is a common place of the body where problems can occur. The problems may be from car accidents or even lingering issues from sports activities. Ligaments, discs, and the neck itself are very vulnerable to damage when any sort of whiplash motion occurs.
Typing on a computer or other machine can also be damaging to our neck. The forward bend we maintain to type can be very hard on the neck, especially when a person has to maintain the position for very long periods of time. The body is programmed to adjust to what we do on a regular basis. The fact that our bodies do this means that our bodies adjust to our forward head posture, which can cause our muscles to be over stretched over time. Pain and numbness follow those adjustments and they become stopping points in our productive lives. The nerves can be more susceptible to damage if a whiplash occurs because of the way we position our heads, in this case. A whiplash with a forward bent head could cause enough problems to bring on the beginnings of carpal tunnel syndrome. A doctor should always look beyond the hand and wrist when evaluating a carpal tunnel syndrome case.
The position may also cause the lower back to be out of alignment, which can cause a slew of other problems such as pain or even sciatica. Strangely enough, many times that problem very rarely begins in the leg itself. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very much alike in that regard. The cause of the problem is not immediately obvious upon a first examination unless that examination is very thorough. If your carpal tunnel syndrome problems do not seem to go away when getting conventional treatments, then you should consider visiting a chiropractor. The chiropractor should do a thorough examination of the problem that includes all of the possible causes of your carpal tunnel syndrome. It will be very important to tell the chiropractor about any and all spinal injuries that you may have lived through in the past. The smallest of injuries could be the underlying cause for your pain and suffering in the present. Treating the real cause of the problem is the best way to deal with a problem. It is important to be thorough and make sure that you have all your bases covered so that you can return to being the productive person you have always been.
Disclaimer: This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.