Carpal Tunnel Risk Factors | Chiropractor for Carpal Tunnel in Fairhaven, MA
Hey everyone, its Dr. Dennis Barley at Barley Wellness here in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Today I’m going to talk about a problem that you may have in your wrist called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is created when the tunnel collapses, that the eight bones in your wrist, called carpal bones are supported by something called the flexor retinaculum, or a transverse ligament, and the median nerve and there’s an artery and vein that go through this tunnel. If the tunnel collapses, it can put pressure on that nerve, who are most susceptible, susceptible or at high risk for carpal tunnel?
Who is at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Those are desk workers, you know, people who are frequently on the computer. Frequent taking typing hours after hours, day after day, week after week can cause repetitious motion and that error can cause some real issues with the muscles of the forearm and also cause problems in with inflammation in the wrist. So proper desk organ ergonomics or how you position yourself at the desk and where your keyboard is, is vitally important. Second group of people who may have suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome are those meat and fish processing workers. They’re in a cold environment, they’re lifting heavy, and many times Holding, holding things tightly, can create pressure again in an inflammation in the wrist of pressure and overuse syndrome in the muscles and then create inflammation, the risks that can create carpal tunnel and then diabetics. Diabetes is a metabolic condition where there is a lot of inflammation. Many times that inflammation in the carpal tunnel will create diabetic neuropathy and so that has to be diagnosed and addressed.
So those are three high risk groups that may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. And carpal tunnel syndrome, of course, is a burning tingling or numbness, weakness in the wrist, forearm and the hands.