Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is possibly the most common nerve disorders experienced today. It affects 4-10 million Americans and is usually very treatable and very correctable. Middle-aged to older individuals are more likely to develop the syndrome than younger persons, and females are three times more frequently than males.
Carpal tunnel disables keys nerves, specifically the median nerve, resulting in a wide array of symptoms from numbness of the hands and fingers, weakness of the hands, loss of feeling, loss of hand function, as well, discomfort and pain.
It is commonly found that people wait to address their symptoms until it starts to affect their day to day activities. Do not ignore the symptoms of carpal tunnel, it is very treatable under the condition that you address it before the nerve damage has been their too long.
One of the most common causes of carpal tunnel is the continued repetitive use of the arms and hands, specifically activities that require a lot of motion or produce vibrations. Other causes of carpal tunnel are repetitive stress on the lower neck and upper back. For instances, years or sitting at a desk working on a computer, old and recent automobile injuries, or professions where you are looking downward for a good portion of your work day.
Carpal Tunnel’s Two Major Causes
Carpal tunnel treatment has two different approaches, of which, both have shown degrees of success.
The medical approach involves pain medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can be used for temporary symptom relief. Cortisone injections in the carpal tunnel area are often successful at numbing the symptoms for weeks to even months at a time, however, this cannot be repeated over and over due to the long term side effects. When the above measures fail to relieve the symptoms, surgery is the final medical option. A surgery known as the carpal tunnel release is performed to cut the muscle and fascia fibers in the wrist and indirectly relieve some of the pressure on the median nerve.
The chiropractic approach is a safe alternative to drugs and medication. Chiropractic involves tackling the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome head on. If the symptoms are from an impingement carpal tunnel due to over active muscles and fascia in the arm and wrist, therapy will be performed to that area to correct the contractures within the muscles and ligaments. As well, the carpal bones in the wrist can be gently adjusted back into position to allow more room for the median nerve to travel impingement free. Follow up therapy may be recommended at home, so the problem does not continually come back and you receive a long lasting correction.
Spinal carpal tunnel involves treatments to the structure within the lower neck and upper back. Correction to the structure within the neck is important in this form of carpal tunnel syndrome. At Abundant Life Chiropractic we have a safe and gentle technique that is very successful at correcting this form of carpal tunnel via adjustments to the spinal bones in the lower neck, that will impinge on the median nerve plexus.
Looking for a long lasting correction to your numbness and tingling in your hands? Call the office today (952) 300-8338 to schedule an initial appointment with one of our doctors.