Chiropractic Care and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is pinched, leading to numbness and tingling in the hand or arm. The median nerve starts in the neck and runs down the arm. Then, along with several tendons, it runs from the forearm to the hand through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. It controls movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers.
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive hand or wrist movements. For women, pregnancy can also be a contributing factor. Neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist misalignment and dysfunction often leads to carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Sensations of numbness, weakness, or tingling occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. The symptoms may worsen at night.
How can I treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The Chiropractors at Chuppe Chiropractic offer effective, non-invasive care without the use of drugs or surgery. The doctors here start with nerve testing from the start of the median nerve at the neck and follow with testing through the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. When these areas are properly aligned, the nerve becomes less irritated, allowing a more normal signal to travel to and from the neck, wrist, and hand.
Other ways to teat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Acupuncture - Chuppe Chiropractic offers acupuncture to help reduce nerve pinching and inflammation
- Physical Therapy - Chuppe Chiropractic also offers physical therapy, which helps prevent recurrence through posture modification and stretching.