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Carpal Tunnel Treatment FAQ
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive use injuries, especially among people who use computers or smartphones on a regular and frequent basis. Without prompt and proper care, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can become progressively worse, eventually interfering with everyday tasks and causing persistent pain and other symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression or irritation of the nerve pathway that passes from the arm through a narrow tunnel-like opening at the base of the hand. Sometimes, this tunnel or tendons that pass through it can become inflamed and swollen, pressing on the nerve and compressing it. Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common among people who use their hands and fingers for repetitive tasks, including typing and some types of factory or assembly line work. It also occurs as a result of a traumatic injury.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause an array of symptoms depending on the extent of the condition. Symptoms can include:
In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome can also cause radiating pain and numbness in the arm.
Chiropractic care can be an ideal solution for carpal tunnel syndrome for many men and women, tapping into the body’s natural healing processes so more invasive treatments like surgery can be avoided. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the extent of nerve compression, assess symptoms and rule out other problems that can cause similar symptoms. Once carpal tunnel syndrome has been confirmed, deep tissue manipulation and therapeutic stretching and exercises can be very useful in reducing inflammation and promoting circulation for faster healing in the area of inflammation. Gentle adjustments to the bones in the wrist can also help relieve impingement and compression. Braces or splints may also be used to provide support for the wrist while the area heals.
Carpal tunnel syndrome requires professional intervention and prompt treatment to prevent the condition from becoming worse. Without proper care, carpal tunnel syndrome can quickly devolve into a debilitating condition that can cause long-term and even permanent disability.
Stretching exercises and taking breaks when performing tasks with your hands and wrists can help prevent inflammation and irritation associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s also vitally important to see a chiropractor at the first sign of wrist or hand pain or numbness so the condition can be treated in its earliest stages.
At Lifetime Health and Wellness, we focus on providing patient-centered care for carpal tunnel syndrome in patients from Broomfield and Westminster, CO, using advanced techniques to stimulate natural healing for long-term relief of symptoms and improved health and wellness. If you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, delaying treatment can make your condition worse. Take the first step toward better health and call Lifetime Health and Wellness at 303.423.4610 to schedule your appointment today.