To understand how our chiropractor in Greenville, SC can help patients who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, one must start with some basic knowledge of what carpal tunnel syndrome is and what causes it. People who are experiencing it will have symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling in the wrist that often radiates down into the fingers.
The bones in the wrist form a tunnel through which the median nerve, which runs from the arm to the hand, travels. When inflammation or swelling occurs in this area, there is less room in the tunnel for the nerve. The resulting pressure on this nerve causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The symptoms can be mild and inconsistent at first. As the problem progresses, however, the symptoms will become more of an everyday experience, and the pain, numbness and tingling will grow worse. It can progress to the point where pain keeps the person awake at night.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of cumulative trauma disorder (CTD). What this means is that it occurs as a result of repetitive motions that are usually done on a daily basis. Workers who do jobs in which the same hand and wrist action is required over and over are at risk of having carpal tunnel issues.
When carpal tunnel syndrome reaches the point that it interferes with the quality of life, many people opt for surgery. This is sometimes successful and sometimes not. Before the condition reaches that point, there may be some attempt to control it with anti-inflammatory drugs. There is strong evidence, however, that indicates that chiropractic care can be successful so individuals can avoid the more invasive treatment of surgery and can also stay away from the use of drugs.
With the focus that chiropractic care places on the proper alignment of the body, it is primarily known for issues with the spine. However, the scope is not limited to that. Consequently, our chiropractor can indeed help to alleviate the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the methods he may use is manipulation. In fact, manipulation of the upper spine can help with carpal tunnel symptoms. In addition, adjustments of the arms and hands have been known to help.
Other types of therapy can help by relaxing the muscles and relieving some of the inflammation. Wrist supports may at times be recommended by a chiropractor as a way of keeping the hand in a neutral position relative to the arm. This minimizes the motion that irritates the nerve as it passes through the tunnel.
If you are suffering from symptoms that are consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome and want to avoid an invasive type of treatment, you should consult with our chiropractor at the Chiropractic Health Center in Greenville, SC. He can likely put together a treatment plan that you will find to be beneficial. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.