Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Ft Myers and Naples, FL
At Jason B. Kaster Chiropractic Clinic of Fort Myers and Naples, we utilize different techniques and alternative treatments that can be used to aid in relieving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain and its associated symptoms.
Can a chiropractor help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Yes! Chiropractic care is regarded as an effective solution to treat CTS, and is non-invasive, as opposed to a medical procedure such as surgery. With the help of a chiropractor, chiropractic adjustments can be performed to your affected areas (wrists, hands, arms, and spine) to improve the nerve function, wrist flexibility, and strength.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a pinched nerve that affects the wrists, arms, and hands. The common complication due to this condition is numbness or the feeling of a needle being pricked along the nerves of your wrist. There are cases where an individual with CTS may also experience weakening of the hand and arm area, as well as the difficulty to move or bend the fingers.
The ‘carpal tunnel‘ is the narrow passageway along the palm side of your wrist. It protects the main nerve found in your hand and the nine tendons that allow your fingers to move or bend freely. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome arises when there is compression on this nerve, leading to the numbing or tingling sensation around the hands and arms.
Common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Numbing effect or pain around the hand, forearm, or wrist in the middle of your sleep at night. You may shake or move your fingers to ease the numbness or wrist pain.
- “Pins-and-needles” or occasional tingling sensation like your hand is “falling asleep”.
- Worsening numbness or pain while doing some activity, such as when gripping an object or when flexing your wrist.
- Occasional pain may arise around the forearm between the elbow and wrist.
- The fingers feel stiff, especially when waking up in the morning.
- Simple hand movements like brushing your hair or holding a spoon become a daily struggle. You may frequently drop objects.
- Loss of pinch strength may also occur.
- Thumb muscles can become smaller and weaker making it difficult to open a jar or use a screwdriver.
- Recent injury affecting the muscles, ligament, tendons, or bones.
- Some nerve dysfunction around the fingers, elbow, or neck.
- Arthritis (thumb joint or wrist)
The symptoms may affect your hand, forearm, and spread to the shoulder. Common complaints of these Carpal Tunnel symptoms include:
Moderate to severe cases:
The symptoms may show visible signs of numbness or weakened strength when gripping, particularly affecting your fingers, thumbs, or hands. The following movements seem unbearable and result to greater discomfort:
These symptoms are mostly evident in the parts of the hand, thumb, index finger, middle finger and half ring finger. The median nerve will not affect the small finger. The CTS could affect both hands, but in most instances one hand will experience worse effects. People with CTS will generally feel this condition at night while sleeping and the numbing or tingling effect would be awaken in their sleep.
Keep in mind that not all pain felt around the wrist and/or hand or forearm area is due to carpal tunnel syndrome. There are other reasons why the above symptoms will resemble the CTS and often result to other medical conditions such as:
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- The common causes of the carpal tunnel syndrome are associated to the following:
- Repetitive movements of the hand such as typing, sewing, or even simple household chores. Done repeatedly, they could pinch the main nerve around the wrist and lead to CTS.
- Hand-arm vibration.
- Prolonged working hours in the same or unpleasant position.
- Certain health issues could cause swelling or inflammation to the joints and tissues around the wrist and arms such as arthritis, gout, diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- People who are overweight or obese are likely to develop CTS.
- Injuries resulting in a broken wrist bone, bone dislocation, or bone spurs could add more pressure to the median nerve.
Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- The treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain does vary, but is geared towards strengthening the muscles around the fingers and hands as well as restoring the normal function.
- Chiropractic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment, including manual adjustments to the wrists, hands, arms, and spine
- Home care treatment such as limiting the person to do activities that will aggravate the symptoms of numbing, tingling or weakening around the wrist, hands and arms.
- Wearing of wrist splint, ideally while sleeping to prevent further pressure on the hands and wrist area.
- Physical or occupational therapy treatment that includes ultrasound, stretching and other exercises focused on range of motion can provide Carpal Tunnel relief.
- Prescribed medicines like non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to reduce pain and swelling.
- Oral corticosteroids may also be given to the patient diagnosed with CTS.
- Corticosteroid injections can be administered by the doctor to the affected area the carpal tunnel.
Among the preferred, non-invasive options include:
Invasive, high-risk options (that are not recommended) include:
EMG test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- An EMG is the surest Carpal Tunnel test to verify whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome or other illnesses. Dr. Kaster may advise an EMG test to check the electrical activity of your muscles as well as detect any sign of abnormality, such as muscular dystrophy, pinched nerves, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), herniated disc, or diabetic neuropathy.
The procedure starts with the insertion of a fine needle to your skin into the muscle. Any electrical activity can be viewed on a screen and a printed report is derived after the test. During the EMG test, you will be asked to do some activities like flexing or contracting the muscle. The duration of the test will last to 30 minutes.
An EMG test may also be required together with an NCV test. Dr. Kaster will test your arms and hands to find if your CTS affects both upper extremities or if there are other medical problems.
Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome chiropractic treatment is among the favored options to manage CTS. Chiropractic care shows promising results with the following:
- Education on Carpal Tunnel exercises and techniques to rest the arm and wrist while perform specific chores.
- Chiropractic adjustments to improve the alignment of the spine.
- Ergonomic equipment, such as a Carpal Tunnel brace or splint, for after the realignment
- Supplemental Treatments, including cryotherapy, massage therapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and physiotherapy.
- Affective alternative treatment to prescribed medication to reduce pain and lessen the risk of developing addiction to painkillers.
- Safer option opposed to undergoing invasive Carpal Tunnel syndrome surgery
What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome over traditional medicne?
The choice is clear. Chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome provides you with the healing benefits your looking for without the risk. Don’t let disturbing pain in your wrists prevent you from doing the things you love– put an end to these unpleasant symptoms with chiropractic care.
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