Carpal Tunnel Treatments

CARPAL TUNNEL

 

 

There is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand that is called the carpal tunnel. When the median nerve is compressed, there can include numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and arm. Because of the pinching of the median nerve, muscles of the hands or wrists are weakened and actually start getting smaller. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome and can last  6 months or longer with no relief.

 

Our chiropractors in Fort Lauderdale have had success in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with a gentle approach. If you are dealing with wrist pain that may be caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact our team today.


CARPAL TUNNEL SYMPTOMS

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome comes with sensations of burning, pain, tingling, or swelling in the palm of the hands and extends into the first three fingers and the thumb. Some people even get the sensation of their hand being swollen, even when no swelling is present. It is not uncommon to have weakness in the affected hand and to have trouble picking up small objects. In some severe cases the damage to the median nerve can cause permanent loss of movement in the hand.


WHAT CAUSES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

There is often an underlying problem that cause the swelling and misalignment of tissues and bone that press on the nerve in the hand, causing the pain that is felt. Some patients have had an obvious injury, a stress or break to the wrist, that cause the symptoms to develop. The most common cause is related to occupations that involve the long term repetitive use of the hands and wrist.

Some of the most frequent conditions linked with carpal tunnel syndrome are:
  • diabetes
  • thyroid dysfunction
  • fluid retention from pregnancy or menopause
  • high blood pressure
  • autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • fractures or trauma to the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is worse if the wrist is overextended repeatedly. Repeated actvity of your wrist makes the swelling and compression of the median nerve even worse and contributes to the inflammation. This may be the result of:

  • the position of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse
  • prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools
  • any repeated movement that overextends your wrist (playing the piano or typing)

Jobs that involve repetitive wrist movement include:

  • manufacturing
  • assembly line work
  • keyboarding occupations
  • construction work.

Smoking, a high salt intake, a sedentary lifestyle, and a high body mass index may also increase the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.


HOW IS CARPAL TUNNEL TREATED?

Treatment depends on how severe your pain and symptoms are and if there is weakness. Ideally, you should try to manage carpal tunnel pain without surgery.

Nonsurgical options include:

  • avoiding positions that overextend your wrist
  • wrist splints that hold your hand in a neutral position, especially at night
  • mild medication to reduce inflammation and pain
  • treatment of underlying conditions you may have, such as diabetes or arthritis
  • steroid injections into your carpal tunnel area to reduce inflammation

Traditionally, Carpal Tunnel treatment has been limited to decompression surgeries, physiotherapy, and prescription medicines. Surgery may be necessary if there is severe damage to your median nerve. These do not deal with the underlying problem however. They provide short-term relief and can prove completely ineffective. When left untreated or unsuccessfully treated, you may be forced to adapt your lifestyle. This may mean quitting your job and needing help with everyday living.

 

Fortunately, you can find long-term relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome through chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive alternative that directly addresses the underlying cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We will perform an evaluation of your condition and create a treatment plan that will correct the pain and restore your health. If you have signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, call our team at the office of Dr. Charles M. Palminteri, DC today for a consultation.

 

Chiropractic treatments for Carpal Tunnel

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