Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Dr. Belinda Eddy and Dr. Ewen Macaulay DC

carpal tunnel syndrome Specialist

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term for impingement of nerves as they travel through the wrist. This results in pain in the wrist during regular day to day activities. Long term problems can occur due ignoring Carpal Tunnel syndrome. If ignored, symptoms can progress until the nerve is so damaged that surgery is required.

Our Mill Creek chiropractic clinic can accurately diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome can be difficult because it is often impossible to pinpoint its exact cause, but chiropractors have special expertise in the nerve entrapment syndromes, like carpal tunnel syndrome. This page provides information on carpal tunnel syndrome, treatment procedure in Mill Creek and how to book an appointment with us.

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm to the hand and passes through the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a small space in wrist bones and ligaments. If this median nerve is compressed or stimulated, it can cause symptoms like numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the arm and hand.

Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly occurs due to repetitive motions or activities that put a strain on the wrist, such as typing or using vibrating tools.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually start gradually and include:

  • Tingling or numbness: Tingling and numbness in the fingers or hand is normal. You might feel a sensation like an electric shock in these fingers, but it will go away.

  • Weakness: The numbness or weakness in your hand may cause you to drop objects. This is because the median nerve also controls the thumb’s pinching muscles.

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome stems from various factors, such as overusing wrists in activities like typing and nerve root impingement in the neck. Various factors contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Overusing wrists, like in typing, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Healthy wrists can also show carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Nerve root impingement in the neck may cause similar symptoms
  • Repetitive activities, such as computer use, contribute to the condition
  • Recognizing and addressing symptoms early is crucial for prevention

Long -Term problems due to CTS

Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to lasting nerve damage and persistent symptoms, impacting hand function and overall quality of life.

  • Prolonged compression causes lasting median nerve damage
  • Long-term CTS results in ongoing numbness, weakness, and muscle atrophy
  • Fine motor skills and daily tasks may be hindered
  • Severe cases can cause muscle imbalances and altered hand posture
  • Long-lasting effects impact the overall quality of life
  • Early and appropriate treatment is crucial to prevent lasting complications

We Can Help with carpal tunnel syndrome in Mill Creek

At Vital Chiropractic Center, we prioritize your well-being and understand the impact of carpal tunnel syndrome on your daily life. Our tailored approach includes comprehensive chiropractic care methods aimed at alleviating CTS symptoms and enhancing your overall health. Through specialized adjustments, therapeutic exercises, ergonomic advice, lifestyle modifications, and a holistic approach to care, we strive to make a positive difference in your life, promoting better hand health and overall vitality. Let’s delve into the details of each method and understand how they work together to provide you with effective and personalized relief.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome involves specialized hands-on adjustments. Chiropractors focus on realigning the wrist, arm, and upper spine to alleviate pressure on the affected nerves. These adjustments aim to restore proper nerve function and relieve symptoms such as pain and numbness.

Therapeutic Exercises

Chiropractors may recommend specific therapeutic exercises to complement adjustments. These exercises target the affected area, promoting strength, flexibility, and improved circulation. Regular practice of these exercises can contribute to long-term relief from carpal tunnel symptoms.

Ergonomic Advice

Chiropractors often provide ergonomic guidance to address the root causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes recommendations for proper workplace setups, wrist-friendly techniques during activities, and adjustments to daily habits. Ergonomic advice aims to prevent further strain on the wrists and promote overall hand health.

Lifestyle Modifications

Chiropractic care may involve suggestions for lifestyle modifications to manage carpal tunnel symptoms effectively. This could include guidance on posture, stress reduction techniques, and lifestyle adjustments to minimize activities that exacerbate wrist discomfort.

Comprehensive Care

Chiropractors take a holistic approach to carpal tunnel treatment, considering the overall health and wellness of the individual. They may incorporate dietary recommendations, stress management strategies, and other lifestyle factors into the treatment plan to support overall well-being and enhance the effectiveness of chiropractic interventions.

Book an appointment

Request an appointment online by calling us on (425) 742-7772 or by using booking tool below

Let Us Help to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome

Do not ignore your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Frequently asked questions about carpal tunnel syndrome

Temporary pain relief for carpal tunnel syndrome

For temporary relief, resting the wrist from aggravating activities can go a long way.

Does medical insurance cover treatment of carpal tunnel?

Medical insurance does cover care and management of pain associated with carpal tunnel by a chiropractor.

Does cracking your knuckel cause damage?

At this point, the research suggests that cracking your knuckles does not cause damage.  That being said, doing to habitually every hour of the day could promote joint instability in some cases.

Is it okay to wear a wrist brace?

A wrist brace may prove to be an effective temporary relieve strategy, but relying on it for long periods of time may have consequences to the function of the wrist.

Content Reviewed by
Dr. Belinda Eddy
Doctor Of Chiropractic