Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful and severe condition that affects many people in the United States. CTS occurs when the median nerve (which runs down the middle of your forearm) gets compressed in the wrist. This injury develops over time by repetitive motion and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include numbness, restricted range of motion and pain in the hand and wrist. While there are a variety of treatment options available, including surgery, chiropractic care is the safest and least invasive. It has become a popular and effective treatment option.
Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care is proven to help treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
While there are no guarantees that one treatment will work for everyone, two studies showed reliable results, backing the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on CTS.
In both cases, the majority of patients showed significant improvement in several measures such as pain reduction, finger sensation, and range of motion. These studies provide evidence that chiropractic care helps treat those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. You can feel confident in improving your symptoms when choosing to pursue a Chiropractor’s care.
Chiropractors provide the least invasive treatment option.
Carpal tunnel syndrome that ends up being too painful and advanced may face surgery. However, chiropractic care is a great option when first starting treatment leaving surgery as a last resort. Regular visits to a chiropractor can show positive results in diminishing and healing of CTS symptoms.
Chiropractic care offers an alternative to drugs for pain management
As with surgery, daily use of medication may be less than ideal when managing carpal tunnel syndrome. Some patients may suffer adverse reactions from medications, or they may not want to take daily medications.
If medicinal treatment is not an attractive option, a chiropractor appointment is the best step. Our office specializes in Active Release and Graston Technique. These specific soft tissue techniques can help break up the adhesions that compress the nerve, allowing for reduced pain and increased range of motion.
Another standard treatment is bracing. This technique limits the hand’s movements to allow the wrist and tendons to heal and recover.
Allows patients to learn to manage carpal tunnel syndrome.
Health problems that cause chronic pain take a toll on the patient both physically, and psychologically. Dealing with CTS can make a person feel powerless over their own body. Working with your chiropractor will help empower you and allow you to take ownership of managing and improving your health.
Workers who perform frequent repetitive tasks as part of their job need to be especially aware of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Feeling pain, numbness, tingling, or burning in their palms or fingers are some of the first symptoms of CTS. The earlier it’s diagnosed, the more effective less-invasive treatment will be.
Of all the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment choices, chiropractic care is the most highly effective and least invasive. If you or someone you know are suffering from this condition, please give us a call. We’re here to help!