Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passageway is located at the base of the hand near the wrist and is comprised of ligament and bone. Within the “tunnel” are nerves and tendons. One of those nerves is the Median Nerve. The Median Nerve runs from the forearm to the hand and controls the impulses that run to the palm, thumb and fingers. Repetitive activity and/or injury can cause the Carpal Tunnel to become thickened, making the passageway smaller, and as a result the Median Nerve is compressed. The result of this compression can be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist.

More Pervasive Than You Would Think

The risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) isn’t limited to a particular job or activity, but is most common in jobs or hobbies that require repetitive motions, such as assembly line work and sewing. CTS is three times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel. Women are three times more likely to develop CTS than are men. In addition to repetitive motion, other factors may also cause CTS, such as a trauma or injury to the wrist that causes swelling. In some cases, the cause for CTS cannot be found.

Although there are a number of treatment options for CTS, early diagnosis is the key to preventing permanent damage to the Median Nerve. If you already have CTS, then you should consider which treatment options are best for you and act quickly.

Traditional medicine often suggests surgery as a treatment for CTS. But since CTS is easily misdiagnosed, especially in its early stages, you’ll want to get a second opinion before you submit to the pain and costs of surgery. Traditional medicine may also suggest medications for pain. But long term use of pain medications, even aspirin, can cause permanent digestive track and other complications. A natural solution for CTS is best.

The Role of Natural Healthcare

Our wellness clinic offers treatment options for CTS that do not require surgery, and which offer more effective and permanent relief than pain medication.

Where misalignment causes or exaggerates CTS, adjustments to the joints of the arm can provide significant relief. As an alternative to surgery, Chiropractic adjustment to the affected area is a much less invasive and less expensive treatment option for carpal tunnel symptoms. In addition to Chiropractic adjustments, supplements and herbal therapies, topical anti-inflammatories, stretching and strengthening exercises and other physical therapy such as medical nerve calming devices, ultrasound or cold laser therapy are often important therapeutic treatments for CTS. Combined, the treatments listed above can often eliminate the symptoms of CTS completely while fixing the cause of the pain.

For more information on the treatments Chiropractic offers patients with Whiplash, contact us.

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