Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Do you have pain or numbness in your hands or wrists? Do you have trouble gripping things in your hands or you find that you are frequently dropping things? Are everyday tasks like typing, writing, or holding a cup of coffee, causing mild to excruciating pain? If these scenarios describe your daily struggles, then you might have a condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome[i].
If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is disrupting your life at work, home and at play the Board Certified Chiropractors at Wilbeck Chiropractic can help. Our chiropractors have treated countless patients in the greater Wichita, KS area, suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Schedule an appointment today. Wilbeck Chiropractic’s team of expert will help you put your discomfort behind you and set you on the path to recovery.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The wrist is comprised of eight irregular bones, collectively known as the carpal bones or the carpus[ii]. With their unusual connective structure, the wrist can move in multiple directions to assist a person with all the routine yet complicated tasks they perform with their hands every day. In the middle of the carpus is an approximately one-inch-wide passageway known as the carpal tunnel. Inside the carpal tunnel are the nine tendons that attach the carpal bones to the adjoining muscle and the median nerve. The median nerve is responsible for sending and receiving signals to and from the hands.
Sometimes the passageway of the carpal tunnel can become constricted. When this happens, the irregularly shaped carpal bones end up compressing the median nerve, causing symptoms of pain and weakness in the hands and wrists. The resulting condition is known as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”.
What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can make the most ordinary daily tasks like getting dressed, typing, writing, and even eating difficult and painful. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a drain on you personally and professionally if you struggle with daily chronic pain. Although Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can affect each individual differently, its presentation does have the same general symptoms. Listed below are some of the most common “tell tale signs” of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Wrist Pain
- Hand Pain
- Joint Pain
- Shooting Pain Up the Wrist and Hands
- Difficulty Holding or Dropping Objects
What Could Be Causing My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you are not alone. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, up to 1 in 5 people experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at some point in their lifetime[iii]. It is most commonly experienced by adults age 40 to 60, with more women typically suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men. Pregnant mothers are also 20 to 45 percent more likely to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome secondary to hormonal changes and pregnancy-related edema.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is also prevalent in people who perform repetitive motions with their hands. Writers, artists, assembly line workers, cashiers, hairdressers, mechanics, farmers/farmhands, and butchers are among the many vocations that have an increased likelihood developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome[iv].
Listed below are some common conditions that can increase the likelihood a person will experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Hormonal Changes
- Sports Injuries
- Work-Related Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Muscular Degeneration
- Age-Related Deterioration
- Repetitive Motion
- Side Effects of Medication(s)
Chiropractic Care is Effective in Treating and Preventing Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Do not let the pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome rule your life! Wilbeck Chiropractic’s Board-Certified Chiropractors can relieve your pain and help you live your best life today!
Countless patients have visited Wilbeck Chiropractic Clinics for relief from their pain and suffering. Unlike conventional medicine that treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with medication, steroids and surgery, our doctors treat it directly at the source, the nervous system. Specifically focusing on the median nerve and carpal tunnel surrounding it.
Our doctors take the time to examine each patient thoroughly, taking the time to discuss specific concerns. If digital x-rays are needed, they will be recommended. X-rays allow our chiropractors to better assess the origin of a patient’s pain and to rule out other possible issues, like fractures.
After an initial patient assessment, our chiropractors will recommend and begin a treatment regimen with the patient. Treatments will involve correcting any misalignments in the patient’s affected joints. For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, this involves gently readjusting the wrists back to their proper position to alleviate the compression on the median nerve. Many patients afflicted with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will also have spinal misalignments that contribute to their body’s overall distress.
To prevent future reoccurrences of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, we advise all patients to schedule regular preventative chiropractic care to maintain the wellbeing of their nervous system, particularly the median nerve.
[i] Mayo Clinic Staff. (n.d.). Carpal tunnel syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355603
[ii] M.D., T. G. (2019, October 29). Important Joints: Hand and Wrist Bones. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com: https://www.healthline.com/health/wrist-bones
[iii] U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2020, August 18). Carpal tunnel syndrome. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/#resources: https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/#resources
[iv] Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. (2019, November 26). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.ccohs.ca: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/carpal.html
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