Find out how regular chiropractic care can alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes burning, numbness, tingling and pain in the hands and wrists due to median nerve compression. If CTS is bad enough you may have trouble gripping things properly. This condition is so common that carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgeries performed in the US. Unfortunately, this surgery isn’t always successful. From the office of our Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech, find out how our different chiropractic treatments could help you manage your CTS.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
If you aren’t sure whether the pain or discomfort you are feeling is due to carpal tunnel syndrome then it’s time to find out. While it can be difficult to sometimes diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important to talk with our Bethesda, MD, chiropractic specialist and to discuss any and all symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms of CTS include:
- Wrist pain that gets worse at night or affects your sleep
- Muscle weakness in the hands
- Pain, numbness or tingling, particularly in the thumb and first three fingers
- Burning pain that travels along the arm
You may notice that your hand falls asleep regularly or that you are prone to dropping objects. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with us.
How can chiropractic care help carpal tunnel syndrome?
While there are simple non-surgical treatment options that can improve carpal tunnel syndrome such as wearing a night splint, taking pain relievers and avoiding certain hand positions that can exacerbate your condition, if you find that these aren’t providing you with the relief you need then a chiropractor could help manage your symptoms and prevent the need for surgery.
One way in which we can treat carpal tunnel syndrome is through manipulation therapy of the upper spine and elbow. We can also recommend a variety of hand and wrist exercises that can improve functionality. We may recommend bracing or acupuncture to reduce swelling of the tendons.
If you type or work at a computer, we will also recommend certain ergonomic changes that can reduce the amount of stress placed on your wrists and the median nerve. In some situations, electrical stimulation may be recommended to ease severe and persistent pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. We will work with you to find the right treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.
Are you dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome in Bethesda, MD? Are you looking for a way to alleviate your symptoms without turning to surgery? If so, then call Bethesda Back Center and schedule a consultation with us.