Pressure on a nerve can cause a variety of symptoms. When something compresses the median nerve in your hand, for example, it can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Herniated discs that push on nerves in the spine can cause discomfort and weakness in the arms and legs. At Workers Comp Doctor, you can find a physician for carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated discs.
Can I Get Help from a Physician for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
If you’re experiencing wrist pain, it may be something other than a sprained or broken wrist – you might have carpal tunnel syndrome. Failing to treat carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent damage. It is crucial to seek advice if you experience symptoms. Research shows that a combination of wrist and carpal tunnel surgery such or cervical manipulation therapy can relieve pain and benefit carpal tunnel syndrome patients. At Workers Comp Doctor, you can talk to a carpal tunnel pain specialist for advice about your symptoms.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is the narrow passageway in the palm side of the hand through which the median nerve runs. Bones and ligaments surround the area. A variety of conditions can cause nerve compression, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Risk factors include:
- Wrist fracture
- Anatomically smaller carpal tunnels
- Working in a cold environment
- Repetitive hand motions at work, such as assembly-line work or computer mouse use
- Changes in body fluid, such as during pregnancy
With a physical examination or nerve conduction study, a carpal tunnel doctor can help you identify carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Numbness and Tingling in the Hand and Wrist
Some patients with carpal tunnel syndrome describe a sensation like an electric shock. Carpal tunnel symptoms like numbness and tingling usually affect the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers but not the pinky. The symptoms can travel up your arm, causing wrist pain, especially while gripping or holding an object. More extreme symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may also wake you from sleeping.
Weakness in the Thumb Area
The median nerve controls the thumb’s pinching muscles. The loss of control can cause you to loosen your grip or drop things. Numbness can also cause your grip to weaken.
Can a Physician Help with a Herniated Disc?
Patients with herniated discs may think of surgery first when considering treatment. Research indicates that in the long term, though, chiropractic care can safely bring pain relief and maybe more effective. It may also help the patient avoid unnecessary surgery.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The spine consists of a stack of individual bones called vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are cushions or discs. Each disc has a tough exterior with a rubber-like consistency, called the annulus, and a soft, jelly-like interior called the nucleus.
In the United States, pinched nerves affect 85 out of every 100,000 adults each year. Pinched nerves are often the result of a herniated disc. A herniated disc happens when a tear in the annulus allows some of the nucleus to push out and irritate nerves in the area. You may also hear the condition called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.
Sudden bending, twisting or lifting can cause a herniated disc. It happens most frequently to people over 50 years of age. In some cases, the herniated disc causes no pain at all. In other cases, the patient may feel pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs.
A herniated disc in the lower back typically causes pain in the calf, thigh, buttocks, or foot. Pain centered around the arm or shoulder results from a herniated disc in the neck. Many patients describe the pain as burning or sharp. It can occur when you suddenly move while sneezing or coughing or when you move into particular positions. It is important to relieve pressure on nerves to help reduce pain.
Tingling and Numbness in the Extremities
Radiating numbness or tingling can point to a herniated disc in the area of the body in which the patient experiences symptoms.
Weakness in the Back
Muscles that work with affected nerves can grow weaker. The increased weakness can affect your ability to lift or hold items in your hands or cause your legs to stumble.
Caring for the Whole Patient
Your body operates as a unit. The physicians at Workers Comp Doctor combine spinal adjustments with whole-body care such as nutrition and exercise. We take your medical history into account and can work with other healthcare professionals you visit, such as orthopedic doctors and physical therapists, as part of your comprehensive pain-relief plan. Contact us to see a herniated disc or carpal tunnel doctor.
If you suffer from the pain of compressed nerves, you deserve relief. At Workers Comp Doctor, you can meet with a physician for treating carpal tunnel syndrome or herniated discs. Don’t suffer needlessly with chronic pain or debilitating symptoms that interfere with your quality of life. Our doctors accept workers’ compensation insurance (work-related injuries), no-fault (auto accidents), PIP (Personal Injury Protection), medical liens (slip and fall injuries), and other insurance plans. Same-day appointments may be available. Contact us at Workers Comp Doctor today and let us guide you on the path of natural, lasting relief.