Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When you experience weakness, numbness, tingling or burning pain in your wrists and parts of your hand, you might want to ask your doctor to check for carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is basically a small and narrow passage in the wrist. The median nerve which extends through the length of the arm moves into the carpal tunnel. It controls the feeling and movement of all your fingers except the pinky. The median nerve is compressed when there is a swelling in the carpal tunnel. This causes the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Excessive pressure on your median nerve or your wrist can cause pain in the carpal tunnel. Obstructed blood flow is one of the main reasons that cause inflammation in the wrist. There are many conditions that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and some of the most common among them are;
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Wrist fractures
However, repeated extension of the wrist can also cause inflammation of the median nerve and it can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the other causes for CTS are;
- Overextending your wrist for repeated motions such as playing the piano or typing
- Over usage of hand held power tools
- Placing your wrist in an extended manner while using the keyboard
CTS – Who Are At Risks of Developing It?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is likely to affect women more than men maybe because women have smaller carpal tunnel. However, it can affect anyone and it is often diagnosed between 30 and 60 years. People who are employed in certain occupations such as construction work, manufacturing and so forth are at a greater risk of developing this syndrome.
CTS – Symptoms
One of the most frequent symptoms that you might notice is pain in the wrist that might interfere with your sleep. Numbness and pain on the first three fingers of your hand and thumb is another symptom of CTS. You might also drop objects and feel that your hand has “fallen asleep”. Symptoms also include a burning pain that travels up your arm.
CTS – Diagnosis
It is quite difficult to identify the underlying cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and diagnosis can be quite perplexing. In some cases, patients may suffer from other medical conditions which exhibit similar symptoms and can be misdiagnosed. Doctors use a combination of physical examinations and tests to diagnose this syndrome. Diagnosis also includes nerve conduction studies which assess the speed of your nerve impulses. If these impulses are slow and abnormal, then you might have CTS.
CTS – Treatment
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment often depends on the severity of pain and other symptoms. Invasive treatments such as surgery and steroids are often unsuccessful and therefore it is less recommended.
Chiropractic Methods of Treatment
We, at Advanced Physical Medicine, recommend non-invasive chiropractic methods of treatment for CTS. More than often the healing power of chiropractic is seldom taken into consideration. However, it is one of the most powerful alternative treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Our chiropractors are trained to investigate and identify the cause of nerve compressions. Our chiropractic methods of treatment involve non-invasive procedures that rely on the natural ability of the body to recuperate.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not an ailment that must be overlooked as it can cause permanent muscle damage and possible loss of functions of your hand. So it is wise to prevent an unnecessary surgery by quickly consulting one of our chiropractors if you think you have CTS.
How Can You Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are many ways to prevent and reduce the risk of developing CTS. Lifestyle changes and timely treatment of arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes can help to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. You must also avoid activities that over exert your wrists to reduce symptoms.