Align Healing Center Inc.
Chiropractic & Functional Medicine located in Danville, CA
As many as 10 million people in the United States may be struggling with the pain and weakness of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re looking for nonsurgical solutions to address persistent wrist pain, the team at Align Healing Center in Danville, California, can help. Custom treatment plans focus on alleviating pain and making changes to prevent a worsening of carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more about chiropractic care and other holistic practices for carpal tunnel syndrome by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
Carpal Tunnel Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition that develops when the median nerve that runs through the wrist and hand is compressed. Compression often occurs due to direct injury, inflammation in surrounding tissues, or degenerative changes that cause the carpal tunnel to narrow.
Your risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome increases as you age or due to repetitive motions required by your job. You may also be at increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome if you have underlying medical issues like:
- Thyroid disorder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If someone in your family has had carpal tunnel syndrome, you may also develop the condition. This is often due to genetic issues that cause your carpal tunnel structure to be smaller than normal.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Compression on the median nerve leads to numbness and tingling sensations in the wrist that can travel into your fingers and up into your forearm. Weakness is also a common side effect of carpal tunnel syndrome, which makes it difficult for you to grasp objects or perform tasks like buttoning a shirt.
As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, you may experience electric jolts of pain that interfere with your job or other activities.
What treatments are available for carpal tunnel syndrome?
The goal of treating carpal tunnel syndrome is to relieve compression on the median nerve and alleviate pain and weakness. Treatment also aims to delay or erase the need for surgery.
Dr. Maimone performs chiropractic adjustments to realign the bones in your wrist. She can also recommend exercises to do at home that strengthen the muscles that support your wrist and hand.
Chiropractic adjustments coupled with laser therapy provide the bones, muscles, and ligaments in your wrist with the necessary relief to heal carpal tunnel syndrome. While the adjustments align and strengthen the area, laser therapy increases circulation and draws nutrients and water to the affected area, which reduce inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
In some cases, you can make modifications to your activities to reduce pressure on the median nerve. For instance, if you spend a lot of time on the computer typing, you may need to use supportive devices to prevent nerve compression in the wrist. The Align Healing Center team can evaluate your usual activities to determine where other changes can be made to reduce your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
If wrist weakness and pain are interfering with your quality of life, schedule a consultation for chiropractic care and other therapies online or by calling the office today.