Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects your hand and wrist. It occurs when median nerve in your wrist is compressed. The symptoms can range from pain, electric shock sensations, numbness and tingling, and even a loss of wrist strength. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal healthcare experts trained to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without the need for medication and surgery.
There has been a lot of media coverage questioning common, standard medical procedures. The issue in concern is that these procedures’ effectiveness are not supported by research data.
Tendon pathology is a widely researched and discussed topic, and a quick google search can end up taking you down a deep dark rabbit hole of conflicting research, opinion, and debate.
Frequently asked questions about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve allows you to feel sensation in your fingers and palm, and also allows you to contract the muscles of your hand! If you have a deskbound job, your symptoms are likely caused by repetitive stress to the wrist from computer use. Other common causes include repetitive motions from sports injuries, manual labour, and repetitive stress from other actions such as cooking with a wok or tampering coffee.
Early symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are intermittent numbness and tingling in the hands, middle finger, ring finger, or even base of your thumb. Other symptoms may include electric shock or burning sensations. Over time, these symptoms may become constant and you may start to notice a weakness in wrist or grip strength as well (i.e. difficulty opening a jar).
The bad news is that your symptoms are likely to worsen. While the symptoms do pass quickly in the early stages, they tend to return later. It is unlikely for the symptoms you are experiencing to fully resolve without professional help. The good news is that chiropractors can help you get better without the risk of medication and open surgery.
We offer a variety of active care techniques to help you get better. Techniques such as neurodynamic mobilisation is effective at providing carpel tunnel release. It is used for treating nerve-associated symptoms such as those seen in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Once your symptoms are taken care of, your chiropractor will provide ergonomics advice to reduce the stress on your wrist. This may include taking frequent breaks.
Your chiropractor will also help you with the rehabilitation necessary to improve the biomechanics of your wrist movement and to increase your wrist resilience.