Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful disorder of the hand and wrist. It develops when undue pressure is put on the median nerve, which begins in the forearm and passes through an area in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel camera. From there, the median nerve extends into the hand, where it controls the movement of every finger except the little finger.
So how common is carpal tunnel syndrome, what are the symptoms, and what are the most popular treatment options?
A very common problem
According to recent estimates and studies, carpal tunnel syndrome affects somewhere between 3% and 6% of working adults in America. That means there are literally millions of people out there suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome—in large part due to the prevalence of office jobs that require hours of typing and keyboarding every day.
This type of repetitive motion is the most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, although it can also come about as a result of diabetes, rheumatism and hypothyroidism.
As for symptoms, they typically include numbness in the hand, tingling sensations, and overall weakness in the hand and fingers. Needless to say, these symptoms are highly problematic and can significantly affect work performance, recreation, and virtually every other aspect of life.
Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel
It comes as a surprise to many that carpal tunnel syndrome can be effectively treated with chiropractics. It’s natural, non-invasive, and carries no side effects. In fact, chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is really all about giving the body what it needs to restore balance and regain its natural function.
Treatment will begin with a careful assessment of symptoms. From there, specific adjustments to the arm and elbow may be necessary if misalignments in these areas are found to be putting pressure on the median nerve.
Another surprise many patients learn about is that carpal tunnel syndrome may be exacerbated by, or even originate in, the neck and upper vertebrae. This is due to recent discoveries that indicate a strong link between misalignments in the arm, hand, and neck. Our team will assess the neck and spine in carpal tunnel cases. If appropriate, adjustments will be made to the neck and spine to restore proper alignment and function from the neck down through the arm. Once these adjustments have been made, patients often report significant reduction in symptoms.
Other forms of treatment
Why is chiropractics such an attractive form of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome? When you consider the alternatives, the answer is plain to see. Surgeries, splints, injections and pharmaceuticals are often considered as treatment options for carpal tunnel—but they’re much more invasive than most people would like, and side-effects are numerous. Many of these treatments, especially those involving oral or injected drugs, have been shown to be largely ineffective in delivering long term results.
Chiropractic treatment is a prime treatment for carpal tunnel because it circumvents all of the complications arising from more invasive treatments, using natural adjustments to restore proper function to the ailing hand and wrist.
Chiropractic treatment is not, however, a magical cure for carpal tunnel. It may be able to deliver significant pain relief and resolution of symptoms, but preventing relapses of carpal tunnel syndrome and staying pain free in the long term will involve ergonomic improvements and lifestyle modifications that keep the arms, hands and neck in proper alignment.
Taking the first step toward relief
You don’t have to live with the debilitating effects of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our chiropractic experts and modern treatment facilities provide an accessible, safe, and effective way to resolve those painful symptoms and restore full function to your hands and wrists.