Charleston Chiropractor: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Many individuals diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome may feel that pain medication or surgery is their only hope for pain relief. Before committing to invasive medical procedures or relying on drug therapies that merely mask the pain, consult with a Charleston chiropractor to learn how chiropractic care can address the underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and offer lasting relief. Stone Spine & Disc provides chiropractic adjustments to the compressed nerves of the neck to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome pain and restore mobility to the hands, wrists, fingers and arms.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and What Causes It?
The carpal tunnel is the narrow pathway on the outer side of your wrist- made up of bone and ligaments- and controls the sensation in the thumb and three fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often attributed to repetitive hand movements that cause excess pressure and compression to the median nerve. Poor positioning of the wrist when using a keyboard or mouse and other work hazards, such as prolonged exposure to power tools, can contribute to the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, CTS is linked to several underlying conditions which include:
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Autoimmune disorders
- Previous fractures or trauma to the wrist
Symptoms and Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling and weakness in the muscles of the hand as well as pain and burning that travels up the arm. Stone Spine & Disc chiropractic treatments have shown to be significantly effective in treating carpal tunnel symptoms. Our Charleston chiropractors evaluate the spine and surrounding nerves in the shoulder, down through the arm and into the wrist. The affected nerves that run along the passageway are the source cause for persistent symptoms of the condition.
Chiropractic adjustments to the spine to correct misalignments in the neck and upper back help to balance symptoms that manifest in the wrists, arms and shoulders. Chiropractic adjustments for carpal tunnel syndrome balance the entire nervous system to relieve pain and restore motion to tightened joints and compressed nerves.
A complete, Stone Spine & Disc chiropractic, care treatment plan may also include various physical therapies, such as low-energy light or ultrasounds used to penetrate body tissue, relax tightened muscles and reduce pain. In addition, our licensed Charleston chiropractors reduce inflammation in injured joints.
Tips to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Take frequent breaks - For work that requires repetitive hand and wrist movements, gently stretch wrists back and forth and flex and bend fingers.
Apply less force - Special adaptors for pens and pencils ease pressure on wrists and fingers for continuous writing.
Office Ergonomics - Proper seating is required for head and neck alignment. Invest in a new computer mouse or keyboard to puts less pressure on your wrists.
Practice Good Posture - Keep shoulders straight and your mid-section erect to take pressure off the neck muscles and nerves.