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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chiropractic Can Help with Carpal tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the
median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the
median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the
wrist—made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments,
and blood vessels. The compression may result in pain, weakness, and/or
numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up into the forearm. CTS is the
most common of the “entrapment neuropathies”—compression or trauma of the
body’s nerves in the hands or feet.
Carpal tunnel syndrome typically starts gradually with a vague aching in your
wrist that can extend to your hand or forearm. Other common carpal tunnel
syndrome symptoms include:
or numbness in your fingers or hand, especially your thumb and index,
middle or ring fingers, but not your little finger. This sensation often
occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper or upon
awakening. Many people "shake out" their hands to try to relieve
their symptoms. As the disorder progresses, the numb feeling may become
radiating or extending from your wrist up your arm to your shoulder or
down into your palm or fingers, especially after forceful or repetitive
use. This usually occurs on the palm side of your forearm.
sense of weakness in your hands and a tendency to drop objects.
When people think “chiropractic,” they often think of back
and neck problems. But chiropractic has many applications beyond these typical
uses, and it can improve quality of life for a broad range of health
conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic can be a beneficial
treatment for patients seeking noninvasive relief from this particular ailment
which has become all too common in the modern world workplace.
Professions where people work with a computer key board on a
daily basis (data entry, secretaries), and people who work with mostly with
their arms (assembly line workers, hair stylists) are just a few of today's
professions that are more prone to carpal tunnel injuries, which are also known
as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs).
Chiropractic is generally relatively safe; it is a noninvasive treatment, especially
compared to treatment involving medications and surgery. Studies have shown
improvement in symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and other RSIs as a result of
chiropractic treatment. In fact, some research has concluded that chiropractic
care can be just as effective as allopathic care for RSIs.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most expensive of all
work-related injuries. Over his or her lifetime, a carpal tunnel patient loses
about $30,000 in medical bills and time absent from work.
CTS typically occurs in adults, with women 3 times more
likely to develop it than men. The dominant hand is usually affected first, and
the pain is typically severe. CTS is specially common in assembly-line workers
in manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, meatpacking, and similar industries.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, according to recent research, people who
perform data entry at a computer (up to 7 hours a day) are not at increased
risk of developing CTS.
CTS should be diagnosed and
treated early. A standard physical examination of the hands, arms,
shoulders, and neck can help determine if your symptoms are related to daily
activities or to an underlying disorder. A chiropractor can use other specific
tests to try to produce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The most
common are: Pressure-provocative Test where a cuff is placed at
the front of the carpal tunnel and is inflated, followed by direct pressure on
the median nerve, and a relatively new test, Carpal Compression Test
where moderate pressure is applied with both thumbs directly on the carpal
tunnel and underlying median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament.
Laboratory tests and x-rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis, fractures, and
other common causes of wrist and hand pain. Sometimes electrodiagnostic tests,
such as nerveconduction velocity testing, are used to help confirm the
diagnosis. With these tests, small electrodes, placed on your skin, measure the
speed at which electrical impulses travel across your wrist. CTS will slow the
speed of the impulses and will point your doctor of chiropractic to this
Chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand,
stretching and strengthening exercises, soft-tissue mobilization techniques,
and even yoga can be helpful. Scientists are also investigating other
therapies, such as acupuncture, that may help prevent and treat this disorder.
Initial treatment for CTS usually includes such therapies as: resting the
affected hand and wrist, avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms,
immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting
or bending, applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.
Studies have also shown that vitamin B6 supplements may relieve CTS symptoms.
Dr. David Pearson Chiropractic Physician
50 Leanni Way A-5 Palm Coast, Fl 32137 386-246-0739
Dr. David B. Pearson, Chiropractic Physician 50 Leanni Way (Unit A-5) Palm Coast, Florida 32137 (386) 246-0739
Palm Coast Chiropractor. Dr. David B. Pearson, DC is a chiropractor in palm coast who provides care for Back Pain, Auto Injury, Neck Pain, Massage Therapy, Headache, Pain Management, back pain relief, neck pain relief to the following locations: Palm Coast, Bunnell, Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach.