How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Carpal Tunnel

August 25, 2022

If you have been experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness in your arm or hand, this may be due to carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel can make everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass of water, buttoning your clothes, or grabbing your purse become difficult and painful. Thankfully, chiropractic care is an effective solution to alleviate pain brought on by carpal tunnel syndrome. By realigning the bones in the wrist and hand, chiropractors can help to relieve pressure on the median nerve. In addition, chiropractors often recommend exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles and tissues in the affected area. With regular treatments, most people experience a significant reduction in pain and other symptoms within a few weeks. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, don't hesitate to seek out the help of a qualified chiropractor.

Alternative Solution for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues in the wrist compress the median nerve in the hand. This nerve starts in the cervical spine, which is a group of spinal bones that form your neck  and runs all the way down the arm and into your wrist. Chiropractic care works as an alternative treatment method for carpal tunnel because it takes the whole body into consideration while pinpointing areas of tension, compression, or weakness to determine the underlying cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractors will often focus on spinal adjustments to relieve pressure on the median nerve. In addition, they may also recommend exercises or stretches to improve range of motion and reduce inflammation. With proper care, chiropractic treatment can provide significant relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.  Since the median nerve is connected to other important areas of the body, it is very important to get carpel tunnel checked out by a chiropractor so it doesn’t worsen and lead to permanent damage.

Some doctors recommend taking painkillers for temporary relief of carpal tunnel pain, but this only masks the real problem. When you experience pain in your wrists or hands, it can be tempting to assume that the problem lies within the affected area. However, this is often not the case. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a condition that affects the wrist and fingers, but the true cause of the pain is often found elsewhere in the body. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can worsen over time and become a chronic and irreversible condition. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help to address the underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and provide lasting relief. By gently adjusting and manipulating the joints and muscles in other areas of the body, chiropractors can relieve tension and pressure on the nerves that run through the carpal tunnel. As a result, patients often experience significant reductions in pain and improved mobility in their wrists and hands.

When carpal tunnel syndrome becomes severe, some doctors may recommend surgery as a last resort. This involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel to create more space and relieve pressure on the median nerve. However, surgery also comes with a number of risks, including bleeding, infection, and nerve or tissue damage. In some cases, these complications can be more debilitating than the original condition. As a result, patients should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of surgery before making this decision.  For many people, conservative treatments such as splinting, wrist exercises, and steroid injections and chiropractic care may provide relief without the need for surgery.

This is why making an appointment with a chiropractor early and getting a diagnosis and proper treatment is so important to stop the progression of your carpal tunnel symptoms before they become debilitating.

What Will the First Chiropractic Appointment Look Like?

When you make your first appointment with a chiropractor to get your carpal tunnel syndrome checked, the chiropractor will ask you questions about your over health and family history, your daily routine plus the level of pain.  A comprehensive and non-invasive analysis on your body will be done to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment.  

Exercises and stretches to be done in the privacy of your home will be recommended to help strengthen this area and the surrounding areas that are over-compensating. The chiropractor will develop a treatment plan designed for your particular needs and will also schedule regular appointments for adjustments and manual manipulations and report progress.

You do not have to live with debilitating carpal tunnel syndrome pain any longer. Call us today to schedule a chiropractic appointment and learn about how our chiropractors can help get you out of pain.