Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at Back to Health Wellness Center
If wrist pain is stopping you from using a computer keyboard, performing manual labor, playing an instrument, driving a car, or generally living your life on your own terms, you may be one of the many people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Before you start looking for surgeons, however, you should look into the non-invasive treatment options we offer at Back to Health Wellness Center in Sarasota, FL.
Coming to Grips with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a relatively empty space (surrounded by bones and connective tissues) that runs through the center of the wrist. This tunnel houses a nerve known as the median nerve, which runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the hand. The median nerve controls sensation and motion in your thumb and first three fingers, which is why any impairment of this nerve can prove downright incapacitating. If the median nerve is compressed or damaged, it cannot send and receive messages properly. This causes wrist pain as well as weakness, numbness, or tingling in the hand or fingers.
Why does carpal tunnel syndrome occur? Some people naturally have narrower carpal tunnels than others, and they may be at extra risk for the syndrome. Anyone, however, can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Common causes include:
- Poor work ergonomics - If your desk or keyboard forces you to hold your wrists at an awkward or uncomfortable angle, the resulting strain can cause the tissues around the carpal tunnel to become inflamed and swollen, thus pinching the median nerve.
- Sports-related overuse - Swinging a club or racket are just two activities that can put a lot of stress on the wrists and hands. Overuse can lead to repetitive motion strain.
How Chiropractic Care Can Ease Your Wrist Pain and Other Symptoms
Our chiropractor can determine the reasons for your carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments to the bones of the wrist can sometimes ease pressure on the median nerve. In some cases, cervical spinal adjustments or spinal decompression can relieve pain that is being referred to the wrist from the spine. We may also prescribe massage, physical therapy, and changes to your sports regimen or work ergonomics to help you avoid future wrist pain.
Contact Our Sarasota, FL, Clinic
As painful as your hand or wrist may be, reach for your phone and call our Sarasota, FL, clinic at (941) 351-2555 for an appointment. You'll be glad you did!