Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel - Chiropractic

Do you suffer from carpal tunnel?

Although many people visit the chiropractor to help with their back pain, another little-known use for chiropractic care is to lessen the pain associated with carpal tunnel. Like nearly every other joint in the body, the wrist is prone to injuries and overuse that lead to weakening and improper function.

Wrist anatomy and carpal tunnel

Several tendons pass from your forearm into your hand through a small space called the carpal tunnel, which is located in the wrist. In addition to these tendons, the median nerve goes through the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is responsible for relaying messages, including the sensation of touch, to your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand.

Pressure exerted on the median nerve—due to swelling or some other incident that constricts the tunnel—causes pain, tingling, and other symptoms.

The spine and carpal tunnel

It may surprise you to learn that your carpal tunnel may stem from problems in your neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. If you have vertebral subluxation in the upper spine, this misalignment can negatively impact any number of other structures of your body, including the wrist. This phenomenon is sometimes called the double crush syndrome.

Chiropractic and your extremities

The wrist is not the only join that can benefit from chiropractic care. If you are experiencing pain or other problems in your shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, or the jaw, contact our clinic for a consultation before undergoing surgery or taking ineffective drugs. You may be able to find relief the natural way.

Common questions:

Q: I have bone spurs. Will chiropractic care help me?

A: A bone spur is an extra growth of bone that is usually produced by the body to repair an already-existing bone. It is especially common in old age. Chiropractic care used to repair the joints may help slow or even stop the degeneration involved in forming bone spurs.

Q: Will I cause injury to myself by cracking my knuckles?

A: At the moment, there is no concrete evidence that confirms that you do any permanent damage when you crack your knuckles. However, there may be a possibility of overextending knuckle joints that are loose to begin with. Therefore, it is always better to let a trained chiropractor do the adjusting for you.

Q: Is a wrist brace good for my carpal tunnel?

A: A brace may be a good idea to shield the wrist and ensure it doesn’t move too much, aggravating the carpal tunnel. However, it does nothing to treat the joints that are not working properly and causing the problem in the first place. When you visit our clinic, we will treat the underlying cause of the carpal tunnel, repairing the damaged joints that are negatively affecting your wrist. Your problem may require continuing care, but achieving a reprieve from constant pain is more than worth the small amount of time necessary for chiropractic appointments.

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