Do You Have Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition characterized by tingling, numbness and pain due to a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the palm side of the wrist that is bound by bones and ligaments. This tunnel protects the median nerve in the hand as well as the nine tendons that bend your fingers. When the median nerve is compressed, you will experience numbness, tingling and generalized hand weakness. The good news is that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for relieving this pain and helping to restore full wrist and hand function.
Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Pain: Drug-Free Pain Relief & Improved Mobility
Tingling, numbness and weakness are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome usual starts as gradual numbness or tingling in the thumb, middle and index fingers. Over time, discomfort will increase in the wrist and hand. As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, these numbing sensations can become a constant feeling and you may try to ‘shake out’ your hand to relieve the feeling. Additionally, you may experience weakness in the hand characterized by a tendency to drop objects or struggle to grip and hold items.
Carpal tunnel pain, numbness and weakness will not simply “get better” on its own; in fact, without proactive intervention, this pain is likely to intensify. Without proper treatment, carpal tunnel syndrome can even lead to permanent nerve and muscle damage. If you are experiencing pain symptoms characteristic of carpal tunnel, the sooner you schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, the more we can do to relieve this pain and prevent additional discomfort.
Traditionally, CTS pain has been managed through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroid injections; if these techniques failed, surgery was often the last option. Chiropractic care is an effective alternative treatment for carpal tunnel because it targets the median nerve compression that is underlying your pain and discomfort. Gentle, hands-on adjustments to the wrist support proper joint alignment and relieve the inflammation that is causing median nerve compression. Conservative treatment approaches that include joint mobilization and manipulation help the joints in the wrist move freely again. Soft tissue treatments are also beneficial for releasing muscles that can be compressing the nerves. Finally, we can teach you at-home corrective exercises that are specifically designed for minimizing muscle strain and building muscle strength.
Carpal tunnel pain is typically linked to repetitive motions, such as typing without proper wrist support, driving for extended periods (e.g., being a truck driver or a bus driver), or using vibrating machinery in the workplace. However, there is no clear scientific evidence conclusively linking these risk factors with the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. That said, lifestyle modification to eliminate these repetitive, unsupported motions can help prevent pain from worsening.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, chiropractic care can help. Schedule a diagnostic appointment today to learn more about our CTS treatment benefits!
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