Chiropractic can be a safe, non-invasive, and remarkably effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful and potentially disabling disorder that effects millions. If you live in or around our chiropractic office in Scottsdale Az we would love for you to read through this article to have a better understanding of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and then give us a call to set up an appointment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is a progressive repetitive stress injury created by nerve compression in the wrist, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers. The nerve involved is the median nerve, which runs the full length of the forearm and passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow space in the wrist. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers, but when space in the carpal tunnel is restricted by inflammation the nerve is compressed and its function is impaired.
While some illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypothyroidism can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, it is most often the result of making the same hand and wrist movements over and over. People whose jobs involve hours of repetitive hand movements such as typing or assembly line work are at risk of CTS.
CTS is generally diagnosed with physical examination and X-rays, though in some cases electrodiagnostic tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis.
Non-chiropractic treatment of CTS typically begins with anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and in some cases corticosteroid drugs, followed by surgery if symptoms persist for more than 6 months. Carpal tunnel release surgery, which involves making one or more incisions in the wrist and cutting the carpal ligament to increase the space available in the carpal tunnel, is one of the most commonly done procedures in the US.
Chiropractic treatment can alleviate the pain, numbness, and other symptoms of CTS in a completely non-invasive way, relying on entirely drug-free, non-surgical techniques. Manipulation or adjustments of the wrist, arm, and upper spine may be the first procedure of choice, aiming to correct any misalignment’s that could be contributing to pressure on the median nerve.
Chiropractic treatment may also include ultrasound therapy, administered with a device that emits highly focused sound waves that penetrate tissue and can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Wrist support devices, designed to keep the hand and wrist in proper alignment, may also be recommended.
Chiropractic treatment of CTS is safe, completely non-invasive, and very well tolerated. Though the results vary from patient to patient, this type of treatment provides many people with significant relief, and some research suggests it can be as effective as non-chiropractic treatment.
If you think you have, or you know someone who has, carpal tunnel syndrome, give our Scottsdale AZ office a call to discuss your options: (480) 998-7627