Carpal Tunnel in Camanche?
The carpal tunnel is the bridge of bones in your wrist through which the nerves and blood vessels to the hand pass through. The symptoms of carpal tunnel are typically tingling or ‘falling asleep’ of the fingers, typically the thumb and first two fingers. Wrist and hand pain may accompany carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). When people have these symptoms they often jump to the carpal tunnel diagnosis, as do many doctors. There are, however, several other causes of pain and tingling/numbness in the hand. Chiropractors are trained to test orthopedically to determine whether the cause is in the wrist (carpal tunnel), elbow, shoulder girdle (thoracic outlet), or neck. It is very common to have a combination of two of these problems develop before the patient feels it’s time to go see what’s wrong. Fortunately, chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques that chiropractors use are usually adequate to treat hand pain including carpal tunnel without surgery. Fortunately, chiropractors in Camanche have success treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with a more conservative and gentle approach.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Camanche
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually accompanied by sensations of burning, pain, tingling, or swelling in the palm of the hands and extends into the first three fingers and the thumb. Occasionally people also report a feeling of swelling in the hand even when no swelling is present. Patients commonly experience weakness in the affected hand and have difficulty with picking up small objects. This condition can have a major impact on a person's lifestyle and in some sever cases, if left untreated, the damage to the median nerve can cause permanent loss of movement in the hand.
What is the Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The pain experienced with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a result of the swelling and misalignment of tissues and bone which then press on the nerve. Often there is an underlying problem. Some patients have had an obvious injury, a stress or break to the wrist, that causes the symptoms to develop.
The most common cause is related to occupations that involve the long term use of vibrating instruments and the repetitive use of the hands and wrist. At other times, this issue seems to develop out of nowhere. Metabolic disorders involving the pituitary and thyroid gland can be a contributing factor to the unexplained development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as can pregnancy and obesity. More commonly, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, that develops in one or both wrists without a clear cause, is the result of a nerve irritation stemming from the spine.
How is Carpal Tunnel Treated?
Many patients are unaware that surgery is not always necessary or recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome. The problem with surgery is that scar tissue that the body forms in response to the surgery often can lead to a worse case of CTS! That is why nonsurgical treatment is so important to try first. We use chiropractic adjustments to gently open up the bony bridge called the carpal tunnel. Sometimes this is enough in and of itself. We also use cold laser therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome to decrease swelling and stimulate the healing of the nerves. Soft tissue therapy is also done on tight overworked muscles and fascia to relax and stretch out these tissues. Exercises can also be prescribed to help balance over- and underutilized muscles. Patients who have already had carpal tunnel surgery can sometimes be helped by these more conservative techniques also.
Traditionally, Carpal Tunnel treatment has been limited to decompression surgeries, physiotherapy, and prescription medicines. Due to the fact that these options often fail to deal with the underlying problem, they may only provide short-term relief and, at times, can prove completely ineffective. When left untreated, or when unsuccessfully treated, people are forced to adapt their lifestyles to accommodate this debilitating issue. This may include quitting one's job and needing help with basic everyday living.
Fortunately, many people in Camanche are finding long-term relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome through chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive alternative that seeks out and deals with the underlying cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A chiropractor will perform an evaluation of your condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan that will work to correct nerve interference in the spine and restore you to an optimal state of health. If you are noticing any signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome do not hesitate to call our team at Camanche Chiropractic Center today for a consultation.
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