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Do you often work on the computer all day? Perhaps, you play a sport or have a career that requires repetitive hand or wrists motions? If so, you may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts the wrists and hands and can cause pain, as well as limit your daily activity. Below, we’ll discuss what CTS is and how our chiropractors can help those suffering from this condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve that passes through the wrist and hand becomes compressed and irritated. When the tendons in the hand become swollen from overuse, the carpal tunnel becomes narrower. This not only causes hand pain but can also impact the range of motion and activity. Those who participate in activities or work duties that require repetitive hand and wrist motions are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Those with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy are also at higher risk.
Often one of the first signs that patients with carpal tunnel syndrome start to notice is numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hands. If you find that your fingers fall asleep at night while your hands are relaxed, this could be a sign of CTS. Those with carpal tunnel syndrome may also feel numbness in the palm of their hand or experience weakness in the wrists. In severe cases, CTS can also impact your grip strength, cause muscle cramping, and contribute to pain traveling up the arm.
Though there is no sure-fire way to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your chances of developing CTS, especially if you work in a field that puts you at higher risk. Taking breaks from work that requires repetitive use of the hands and fingers can help. Also, specific hand stretching and exercises can help you keep your hands healthy and flexible.
Our chiropractic doctors can help those experiencing CTS by first performing a comprehensive examination which will provide a proper diagnosis, and uncover other possible causes of the symptoms. The first phase of treatment is to manage pain and work to regain mobility in the affected areas. By seeking chiropractic care to improve with carpal tunnel syndrome, individuals may be able to avoid taking medication or pursuing more invasive treatments like surgery. When you seek chiropractic care for your carpal tunnel syndrome, our chiropractors at Arlington Chiropractic Clinic may recommend a variety of holistic treatments including specialized wrist and hand exercises, ultrasound therapy, bracing, nutritional support for healing and nerve repair, acupuncture and gentle joint adjustments. Each patient’s plan of care will depend on the severity of their symptoms, lifestyle factors, wellness goals, and other health concerns.
If you live in the Arlington Heights IL area and are seeking help for pain and other symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome, or if you are not sure if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be the ideal candidate for an evaluation at Arlington Chiropractic Clinic. The experienced doctors at our office can help diagnose, treat and manage symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome through manipulation, exercises, and other all-natural therapies. For more information or to make an appointment, call (847) 259-4493.