The chances are that you’ve heard of, or know, someone affected by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). You might have noticed the individual rubbing or flexing their wrists or telling you how they wake up in the middle of the night with their hands asleep, and even over time an increase in difficulty performing everyday tasks such as opening jars, cans, or carrying heavy items.
The symptoms of CTS, a repetitive stress injury, are primarily numbness, tingling and pain in the fingers, hand and/or arm, which is caused by excess pressure in your wrist and on the median nerve as it passes into the hand. However, a common and often overlooked cause of CTS is compression of the nerve root in the neck area to the nerves that travel down the arm to the wrist and hand area. In some more serious cases, compression at both areas can occur, known as Double Crush Syndrome.
Repetitive hand motions, especially with the wrists in extension, contributing to CTS are often linked to excessive typing, which has become all too prevalent with the increased use of computers. Other causes include line-work or even sewing. Diagnosis of CTS involves physical examination and possibly x-rays. If left untreated, CTS can significantly damage affected muscles, but in many cases the pain alone can make you miserable in the day and sleeping comfortably at night difficult.
Chiropractic is beneficial for patients seeking noninvasive relief from the symptoms. Typically, as a chiropractor, I will address the problem area, being the wrist and elbow, as well as adjustments of the neck and upper spine if they are contributing to the symptoms. My goal is not only to relieve pain, but to also help correct the dysfunction and stabilize the area to prevent reoccurrence in the future while maintaining my patients’ state of health.
Along with chiropractic treatment for CTS patients may benefit from wearing a wrist support, which is used to keep the wrist in proper alignment after adjustments. Such treatment can also be used to prevent further injury from CTS.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of CTS get in touch to book an appointment.
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