Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS for short, is often caused by repetitive use of the hand or wrist. Sustaining an injury to your hand or wrist can cause the bones within these joints to become misaligned, which can also increase the likelihood of CTS. People who spend their day working with computers, power tools, or other occupations that rely on constant hand movement are more prone to Carpal Tunnel, however it can develop over time for any person.
While Carpal Tunnel may not be obvious at first, it often starts with the slow development of a tingling or numbness in the hand, which can also alternate with a painful, burning sensation. As CTS progresses, these sensations may worsen to overall hand weakness or loss of grip and a difficulty sleeping through the night as the pain in the hand and wrist can become severe enough to wake you up.
Medical Treatment of CTS
A wrist brace is often recommended for those suffering from Carpal Tunnel as it helps keep the wrist in a neutral position and relieves some of the pressure from the nerves. A doctor may also recommend an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce the swelling and alleviate some pain, however these medications do not treat the root cause of the issue. If symptoms of CTS are too severe or cannot be controlled by these measures, surgery is often required. Due to the nature of the procedure and how often we rely on our hands, the surgery may need to be repeated after a few years.
Chiropractic Procedures for CTS
It may not seem like an obvious solution for Carpal Tunnel, but recent research has shown that some cases respond favorably to a series of chiropractic procedures. These include adjustments to realign the wrist bones, traction, and selected physical therapies. When performed in office by a Chiropractor, these can help reduce pressure on the compressed median nerve and allow your wrist to heal naturally without the need for repetitive surgery.
It is important not to ignore the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as they can become debilitating as the condition goes on. If you are suffering from numbness, tingling, burning, or weakness in the hand or wrist, make an appointment today for a chiropractic evaluation.