Think of all the things in your life that you use your hands for. Whether it’s drinking a cup of coffee, typing at work, or fixing the leaking bathroom sink at home, your hands are an integral part of your life. When they hurt, no matter the cause, it can cause a substantial amount of disruption and anxiety in your life. If you’ve received a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, you probably feel like there aren’t many options for you to be able to find pain relief and live a normal life. Your doctor has probably told you that your only options are to do nothing or to have surgery in order to relieve the pain and move forward with your life. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are chiropractic options available to you for treatment. Keep reading to learn more about what Progressive Health and Rehab can do to help you treat your carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Before you decide on a treatment option, you need to fully understand what carpal tunnel syndrome is and how it’s affecting your body in order to make an informed decision on what treatment is best for you. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pain condition in which individuals experience pain, tingling, and numbness in their thumb, pointer finger, and middle finger of their hand. There are two main nerves that run down into the hand and carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when the median nerve is pinched or compressed at some point between the spine and hand, typically in the wrist.
What are chiropractic options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
While many doctors resort to surgical options for decompressing the nerve, there are other non-invasive options available that can be performed by a chiropractor such as the following.
Low-level Laser Therapy
Often carpal tunnel syndrome can result in fluid retention in the wrist and hand, as well as swelling. Low-level laser therapy can help reduce edema and therefore, help to reduce the pressure on the nerves in the hand. This process can help to reduce symptoms, making it much easier to work towards alleviating the pain and symptoms all together.
Spinal or Joint Manipulations
While carpal tunnel syndrome is typically only associated with the wrist, there are other parts of the body that can affect this condition and vice versa. Most commonly, in a recent study, there was a correlation discovered between range of motion in the neck and the severity of carpal tunnel syndrome. By helping to improve the range of motion in the neck and spine with chiropractic care, the patients in the study saw reduced pain and numbness in their hands.
Because Progressive Health and Rehab takes a holistic approach to treating patients, exercise therapy is another option available to help strengthen your hands and reduce the nerve impingement in the wrist. Also, utilizing proper ergonomics and body positioning can greatly improve a patient’s health, especially for the long term.
Progressive Health and Rehab focuses on providing clients the exact care they need with a holistic approach. Contact us today to start your chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome.