Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a chronic medical condition that affects the hand and wrist. The main nerve in the wrist is pinched or otherwise compressed, causing a malady of uncomfortable symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone, although women, obese individuals, those with certain medical conditions, and people who work with their hands and wrists on a regular basis - such as writers or retail workers - are more likely to have this condition.
CTS does not go away or improve on its own; this common medical condition is treated with surgery or alternative medical treatments, such as chiropractic care. Learn signs of carpal tunnel syndrome and see your chiropractor to receive relief from your symptoms.
Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The following are common signs of CTS to discuss with your chiropractor or regular doctor.
Numbness/Tingling in Your Hands
Your carpal tunnel, or wrist, is what controls the major nerves for function in your hands. When the main nerves are compromised, your hands will feel numb or tingly as a result. You'll notice tingling or other discomfort while working with your hands or when resting for long periods of time. Your fingers may feel restless when your hands are still.
The palms of your hands are an epicenter for nerves. When CTS is present, your palms will itch or burn for no reason. Scratching or applying lotion doesn't alleviate your symptoms as your discomfort feels like it's deep under your skin.
Tiredness in Fingers
Your fingers may feel fatigued or clumsy while you work. As a result, you shake your hands out or massage your fingers frequently to enliven them. You have to take frequent breaks from your minute tasks to rest your hands and wrists.
As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, pain or tightness in the forearm becomes present. Your elbows may also feel stiff and sore. Your overall discomfort is typically worse at night or when you first wake up.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may be mild or severe and will increase over time. While surgery is not always avoidable to treat CTS, you should seek alternative care as soon as you notice symptoms of this condition. Prompt treatment can reduce the need for going under the knife.
Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a relatively common condition, affecting up to nearly 6 percent of the American adult population. Your chiropractor can help you avoid surgery while giving greater range of motion and comfort in your wrists and hands.
In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused or related to the spine being out of alignment. Since the spine is the direct nerve center for the body, if your lower or upper spine is out of alignment, pressure on your wrist can result in CTS symptoms.
Using high force in a controlled setting, your chiropractor will manipulate your wrist and elbow into proper alignment. These small adjustments are accompanied by muscle and joint manipulation to strengthen your arms and help prevent CTS from worsening.
The type of treatment your chiropractor will give you for your carpal tunnel syndrome is based on how severe your condition is and underlying conditions you have. In some cases, physical therapy and exercises in addition to traditional bodily adjustments are necessary to alleviate your pain and discomfort and improve arm and wrist mobility.
Luckily, alternative treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome can cure your symptoms completely. To prevent your carpal tunnel syndrome from coming back, ask your chiropractor about wrist braces and strengthening or flexibility exercises you can do at home. Our goal is to provide you with quality care at Marsch Chiropractic Center; call us today to schedule an appointment.