Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that results from a pinched nerve in the wrist.
It is generally caused by repetitive motions associated with small tool and computer use. Symptoms include painful tingling in the hands, weakness in the fingers and shooting pain in the hands and wrists that can go up as far as the shoulders. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anybody, but it is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 60. Women are also two to five times more likely to develop the condition.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is difficult since there is rarely one underlying cause, but chiropractic treatment is often very effective. Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel usually involves tracing the pinched nerve to the neck to locate the many levels of entrapment that can cause the pain; simply treating the pain in the wrist and fingers may not be enough.
Serious cases of carpal tunnel syndrome may require surgery, but chiropractic treatment aims to avoid that. Chiropractic treatments for carpal tunnel usually begin with the wrist and elbow and continue to the upper spine. A misaligned spine often contributes to carpal tunnel pain, so a chiropractic readjustment can relieve pain and help the body return to its natural healthy state.
If you believe that you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, speak to your doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. Whether or not chiropractic treatment will work for you will depend on the severity of your injury, but in most cases it is at least effective in relieving pain, and it may even solve your problem without having to resort to surgery.
It just makes sense to take the more conservative approach first: chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last! Schedule a no-obligation consultation and find out what safe and natural chiropractic may do for you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN CHIROPRACTIC REPAIR BONE SPURS?
Bone spurs and other arthritic change to joints throughout the body is a common response to long-standing malfunction. While no research exists, restoring proper joint function is hoped to at least slow this degenerative process.
DOES CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSE DAMAGE?
Limited studies suggest that knuckle cracking does not damage the metacarpal joints of the hand. While there may be danger of overextending already loose knuckle joints, adding motion to these or other joints of the body is best left to an experienced chiropractor.
IS IT OKAY TO WEAR A WRIST BRACE?
A brace is often prescribed to help protect the wrist and reduce mobility. While it may alleviate certain symptoms, it virtually ignores the malfunctioning joints causing the problem. The chiropractic approach is to help restore proper motion to affected joints and strengthen supporting muscles and soft tissues. While this may require some type of ongoing supportive care, many patients are able to resume their activities without bracing.