Can a Chiropractor Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm. It also causes numbness, sensation of pins and needles, and weakness. It is reportedly experienced by more than 3 million people per year in the United States.
Those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome may find that their lives are severely impacted by the side effects associated with the disorder. Furthermore, permanent nerve and muscle damage can occur without treatment.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is a proven treatment method for carpal tunnel syndrome and individuals who undergo chiropractic for carpal tunnel can once again experience pain-free living!
What causes carpal tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm through a passageway in the wrist. It provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb and fingers. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of the thumb.
Any action that squeezes or irritates the median nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Often times, it is a combination of factors that leads to the development of the condition.
A number of factors have been associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these factors include:
- Anatomic factors
- Nerve-damaging conditions
- Body fluid changes
- Medical conditions
- Workplace factors
Individuals who have carpal tunnel syndrome often experience pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm. They also may experience numbness, sensation of pins and needles, and weakness. Without treatment, carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to permanent nerve damage and muscle damage.
Due to the area of the body that carpal tunnel affects, many individuals experience a disruption in their professional and personal lives. Normal activities can no longer be performed without experiencing pain.
How is carpal tunnel treated?
If you are experiencing early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, the best things you can do include:
- Take more frequent breaks to rest your hands
- Avoid activities that make the symptoms worse
- Apply cold packs to reduce swelling
If you have moderate to severe carpal tunnel syndrome, treatment methods include:
- Wrist splinting
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Chiropractic treatment
Research supporting chiropractic care for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
There is an abundance of research supporting chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, with some studies showing that chiropractic care is just as effective as surgical intervention.
A study titled, “Comparative efficacy of conservative medical and chiropractic treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized clinical trial,” showed that chiropractic was as effective as medical treatment in reducing the symptoms of carpal tunnel. Chiropractic care in the study included spinal adjustments in addition to ultrasound over the carpal tunnel and the use of nighttime wrist support.
Another study that examines the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is, “Impaired axoplasmic transport and the double crush syndrome: food for chiropractic thought.”
In this study, the author writes, “Chiropractic has an extensive anecdotal history of patients being relieved of classic carpal tunnel symptoms with spinal adjustments and/or cervical tractioning only.”
How long does it take to see results?
Patients at our practice have seen improvement in carpal tunnel syndrome after just a few visits. Every situation is different, which is why you will need to undergo a comprehensive evaluation to properly diagnose the issue. Once you have been diagnosed, our doctors will create a treatment plan to realign the carpal tunnel, relieving pain and healing the area.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, please reach out to our office to schedule a comprehensive consultation. Our doctors will fully evaluate your situation and create a chiropractic treatment plan to heal the root cause of dysfunction, leading to long-term health and wellness!
You can schedule your appointment online, or call our office at (972) 818-5820. We look forward to helping you at Restoration Chiropractic!