Have you considered chiropractic care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center studies, researchers found that “chiropractic treatment and conservative medical care are equally effective for people with CTS.”
Source: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (UMM.edu)
This is great news for CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) suffers looking for a drug-free and/or a non-invasive treatment option. Some people have ill effects to typical drug remedies prescribed for pain and swelling/inflammation associated with CTS- anything from Ibuprofen and aspirin to corticosteroids. After weeks of using a wrist brace, some people believe the only remedy is surgery, but there is another option- chiropractic, more specifically, carpal tunnel syndrome adjustments.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common work-related injuries.
Repetitive use of the hands and wrists, such as those who work with tools or with a computer keyboard, is the most common culprit. The injury is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist and results in numbness and painful tingling in the fingers. Loss of strength in the hand, especially the thumb, is also a sign of CTS, and some people report shooting pains from their hand(s) up their arm, even as far up as their shoulder.
CTS gets its name from the bones in the wrist, called carpals, and the tunnel they create that houses the nerves to the hands. The carpal tunnel is made up of tendons that control movement of your fingers, which is why repetitive use of the hands and fingers can cause swelling and the pinched nerve that CTS is categorized by.
Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome adjustments are effective in improving wrist motion, strength and nerve conduction. Chiropractic adjustments can be made to the wrist and hands, but can also include adjustments to the neck and back to improve nerve functioning that can affect the nerves running through the arm into the hands. Medical doctors and chiropractors may also suggest regular stretches, laser therapies, massage, acupuncture and wrist braces as non-invasive and drug free alternatives to reduce swelling and pain.
If you are suffering from CTS, and are looking for an alternative to surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome adjustments from a knowledgeable chiropractor could help, as well as improve your overall health.