If you're one of the many individuals plagued by carpal tunnel syndrome, you may feel as if you've lost the ability to pursue your everyday life, from earning a living to playing sports or music. This inflammation of the wrist causes debilitating pain, weakness and other symptoms -- but the good news is that you may not need surgery to correct it. Our team at DeBole Chiropractic can diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide natural, non-surgical treatment to help you recover.
The carpal tunnel really is a tunnel of sorts -- a narrow open space, defined in part by the transverse carpal ligament, that runs through the structures of the wrist. It houses the median nerve, which routes signals to and from the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and thumb. It also contains several flexor tendons that move the fingers; these tendons are covered by a synovial membrane. Anything that causes the carpal tunnel space to become too narrow can squeeze the median nerve, producing finger, hand, wrist, forearm and sometimes shoulder pain. It also causes numbness, uncomfortable tingling or shooting "electric shock" sensations in the fingers and hands. Last but certainly not least, it may leave you with loss of motor control and weakness in the hands.
Why does carpal tunnel syndrome happen? Some people are naturally predisposed to it due to narrower-than-average carpal tunnel space. for others, repetitive motion inflames the synovium and/or flexor tendons, causing swelling that pinches the median nerve. This makes it an occupational hazard for tennis players, musicians, typists et cetera. Poor ergonomics or technique in your chosen activity can keep your hands and wrists in unnecessarily awkward positions, priming them for carpal tunnel syndrome.
It's important to note that some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be produced by other ailments, often involving spinal misalignment and cervical spinal impingement. Musculoskeletal problems such as cervical disc degeneration and thoracic outlet syndrome can pinch the nerve roots that serve the hand and arm. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough spinal evaluation to rule these other causes out -- or redirect the course of treatment to relieve any other underlying condition that may be discovered.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can respond well to extremity chiropractic care that gently adjusts the bones surrounding the carpal tunnel. Massage therapy can also be highly useful for relieving tissue swelling and pain while encouraging your natural healing mechanisms. Corrective exercises can build up the muscles and increase range of motion so your wrist can become less susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you need a chiropractor who can relieve your carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery in or Victor NY, call 585-433-5680 today. We're happy to lend a helping hand!
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