Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Dr. Oscar Noriega DC

CARPAL TUNNEL CHIROPRACTOR IN MURFREESBORO, TN

Do you suffer from the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a more common problem than you might think. If not treated promptly, it can compromise the wrist’s flexor area and get worse over time. 

The carpal tunnel is a passage through the wrist formed by muscles and tendons protecting the median nerve. The median nerve is damaged when this canal is compressed, giving rise to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Here’s all the information you need to know about CTS before consulting with your nearest specialist.

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WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL?

The carpal tunnel is a small canal in the front of the wrist. It lies between the wrist bones and the carpal ring ligament, through which the tendons for the fingers and the median nerve pass.

The median nerve runs from the fingertips, through the palm and wrist bones, to the elbow, up the arm, the shoulder, and neck, to finally end into the spinal cord.

These elements give your hand its movement and the sense of feeling. Any increase in pressure within that tunnel can compress and pinch the median nerve to lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

At the onset of median nerve compression syndrome, a patient complains of pain in the thumb, wrist, or entire arm. Other several associated symptoms of cts are:

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand
  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Less strength and hand coordination

CAUSES OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

If the tunnel space decreases, then the pressure on the median nerve increases and results in a pinched nerve.

Conditions like hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or repetitive motions, like typing or any wrist movements, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal Tunnel is quite commonly related to jobs or activities involving manual tasks.

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

There are two types of treatment options available to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. 

  • Nonsurgical treatment are the procedures performed for mild cases. It includes bracing, splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nerve gliding exercises, or steroid medications. 70% of the people respond very well to this effective type of carpal tunnel treatment
  • Surgical Treatment is a more invasive treatment required when symptoms do not improve despite conservative treatments. Surgical options include Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Steroid injections, Cortisone Injection, or Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel surgery

ENDOSCOPIC (MINIMALLY INVASIVE) RELEASE: THE ADVANCED TECHNIQUE

Your chiropractor may advise surgery in complicated cases if the symptoms do not improve with medication and chiropractic adjustments. Thanks to new medical techniques, there are now uncomplicated, non-invasive procedures performed without wounds.

The minimally invasive endoscopic technique is comparable to surgery in its benefits but has minimal complications. The carpal tunnel specialists affirm that this technique reduces the problems associated with the conventional wound of surgery, the number of nervous complications and ensures a faster return to work. According to a study published this year, you can return to your normal activities about seven days after the surgery. 

HOW REVOLUTION HEALTH CENTER CAN HELP WITH CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

We know that living with hand pain can be fatiguing and can lead to difficulty with daily tasks like handwriting and driving. We understand that carpal tunnel syndrome is not only painful but also makes everyday-basic activities difficult.

We are ready to help you because we care about your overall health and not just your hands. Chiropractic therapy treats the root cause of the pain.

Don’t put off chiropractic treatment any longer if you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. We have a specialized team of chiropractors and the necessary chiropractic care equipment to help you regain your health.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Can I consult Chiropractors for carpal tunnel?

Chiropractic procedures are highly effective in healing median nerve compression. The chiropractor specializing in carpal tunnel syndrome will apply an adjustment to free the canal and relieve pressure.

Also, it is a natural, non-invasive, and painless treatment that is very beneficial especially with early intervention.

Is there a natural cure for my carpal tunnel? 

There is no magic cure for carpal tunnel syndrome, but what we can tell you is that there are home remedies that may help relieve mild symptoms.

  • Applying cold for five minutes and then heat, twice or thrice a day
  • Wrist splints
  • Deep friction massage
  • Over the counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help temporarily

Although these home remedies are excellent, remember they probably won’t fix it, so it’s usually necessary to see a specialist in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Is carpal tunnel a type of nerve damage condition?

Yes, carpal tunnel syndrome may be an indicator of nerve damage, in fact, it is the most common nerve condition linked to work activities.

Is it possible to cure carpal tunnel without any surgery?

Yes, many times carpal tunnel syndrome can be cured without surgery. Early intervention with chiropractic care or physical therapy along with some lifestyle modifications are often enough to avoid surgery. Your doctor can also help by suggesting measures on how to prevent carpal tunnel.

What other conditions have similar symptoms as carpal tunnel?

Rheumatoid arthritis, direct trauma to the wrist joint, wrist fracture, fluid buildup, amyloidosis with the accumulation of deposits in the wrist, or wrist cysts have similar symptoms as carpal tunnel.

How do I distinguish between carpal tunnel and arthritis?

Arthritis is linked to chronic pain that appears gradually with inflammation of the joints, and is a chronic disease. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an acute condition related to entrapment of the median nerve.

Are there any warning indications of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Alarming signs include severe wrist pain that does not improve with rest, reddened skin lesions from swollen blood vessels, decreased palm-size, and partial paralysis of hand muscles.

If you think you have these symptoms, call one of our carpal tunnel specialists immediately.

Can I get medical insurance coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment?

It depends on each state and ranges from one health insurance company to another. Most insurances will likely cover the cost, especially if your doctor prescribes it as necessary therapy to improve your condition.

The treatment included can go from rehabilitation therapy to spinal manipulation and to braces for immobilization.

How long does it take for carpal tunnel to heal?

It varies a lot; for example, if it is mild, carpal tunnel syndrome can heal in a few days to a few weeks with noninvasive treatment like chiropractic or rest and heat therapy. The recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks or longer if surgery is necessary.

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