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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Your wrist bones form a tunnel-like structure, the carpal tunnel, through which pass nine tendons and one nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve is irritated. You may experience some or all of the following symptoms: tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers, and wrist; swelling of the fingers; dry palms; blanching of the hand; intense pain; and similar symptoms in the upper arm, elbow, shoulder, or neck.

 The medical approach to battling CTS consists of immobilizing the wrist with a splint so that you may not use it the same way, ice, or drugs such as anti-inflammatories. For persistent symptoms, relief is found through injections of corticosteroids, which have a high relapse rate and many side effects. Surgery is the most painful medical approach and recovery may take 6 months to 10 years.

The drug-free chiropractic approach releases nerve and spine stress by freeing your body of subluxations. Nerve compression in the neck can block the flow of nutrients to the nerves in the arm, shoulder, wrist, and related areas, making them more susceptible to injury. Since most people who do repetitive tasks do not get CTS, it may be the health of their structural system contributing to their condition. Chiropractic therapy helps by releasing pressure on the nerves that go to the arms, wrists, and hands, as well as improving overall body function.

Ask your Chiropractic Doctor for more information about an overall wellness care program that may include: spinal adjustments, conjunctive therapies, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice, and other conservative methods of care based on your health history, current health condition, age, and lifestyle.