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.

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