• How Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by forceful and repetitive movements resulting in pinching of the median nerve and swelling and inflammation around the tendons. CTS causes reduced control and muscle strength in the hand and wrist, burning, painful tingling, numbness, and pain radiating from the hand straight to the shoulder.

    The most common medical treatments for CTS is medication and surgery. More than half of carpal tunnel release surgeries are unsuccessful with symptoms returning after two years following surgery. Alternate methods of treatment, however, have proven to be successful in relieving the symptoms associated with CTS. Chiropractic treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been carefully studied and found to be an effective treatment.

    Chiropractic Treatment Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Located on the wrist, the carpal tunnel serves as a passageway for the median nerve to pass through. The median nerve extends from the hand to the spinal cord and connects through bone openings located around the area of the lower neck. Problems can occur in the fingers or wrists when the normal motion or position is lost in these bones. However, the correct position of these bones can be reset through the use of chiropractic treatment.

    With early detection and chiropractic treatment, carpal tunnel release surgery can be avoided. The chiropractor will review your medical history, complete a physical exam, and review possible underlying conditions and your daily routines. Chiropractic treatment may include manipulation of the elbow, wrist, and cervical spine. Stretching and strengthening exercises of the hand and wrist; nutritional supplements, such as B6; electro-acupuncture treatment; and yoga may also be used to encourage healing.

    For long-term recovery, an evaluation of the workplace may be done to help minimize stress on the carpal tunnel.

    To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome causes and treatment options, contact Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at (410) 744-1233.

  • Headaches After an Auto Accident and How Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

    Even a minor auto accident can cause significant pain. Many individuals who experience an auto accident suffer from back injuries, whiplash, neck pain, and concussions. Other complications may arise as well from these injuries. Even when receiving the proper medical treatment, it can take an extended period of time for the pain to completely subside. Chiropractic care is a safe and painless way to alleviate this pain, without the need for surgery or heavy medications.

    In addition to many car accident injuries, headaches often occur. In fact, about 80% of individuals diagnosed with whiplash will experience headaches as well. During a whiplash injury, the neck is vigorously moved in opposite directions leading to inflammation of the upper cervical joints. Whiplash often times leads to tension-type headaches and stiffness.

    With methods such as therapeutic massage, physical therapy and spinal manipulation, chiropractors can skillfully and effectively treat these types of injuries. Patients see significant improvement in headaches as the mobility and function of the spine is improved.

    Furthermore, researchers have determined that patients with headaches originating in the neck region experienced almost immediate relief from spinal manipulation. Also, patients experiencing tension-type headaches report that they had longer-lasting relief and fewer side effects when compared to prescribed medications.

    In addition to therapeutic massage and spinal manipulation, lifestyle recommendations and an an exercise plan given by a knowledgeable Chiropractor can also be helpful for improving headaches and other complications resulting from an auto accident injury.

    In some cases, patients may not experience much pain until days or weeks following a car accident. If you have experienced an auto accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Contact your Baltimore Chiropractor to avoid long-term pain. To find out more information about headaches after an auto accident, contact Dr. Johnson at Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at (410) 744-1233, or visit our website at www.mypainreliefcenter.com