Hand or Wrist Pain Could Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome



If writing, gripping your everyday work tools, playing the piano or returning a tennis serve are causing you torture instead of pleasure these days, you might be one of the many sufferers of a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. This repetitive motion injury can make participating in everyday activities or even earning a living impossibly painful. Let us take a closer look at this variety of hand and wrist pain — and how it can be corrected through natural techniques such as chiropractic care.

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Inflammation

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that runs between the bones of the wrist. This tunnel houses the median nerve (which relays nerve signals to the thumb and first three fingers) as well as several tendons and a surrounding band of tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. Like other soft tissue in the body, the soft tissues of the wrist and forearm can become inflamed if they’re worked too hard — as if often the case for assembly line workers, athletes, artists, musicians and office workers who type/mouse using non-ergonomic hand positions. The inflamed tissues swell up, narrowing the space in the carpal tunnel and pinching the median nerve to cause:

  • Hand, wrist or forearm pain
  • Pain, tingling or numbness in the thumb and first three fingers
  • Weakness in the thumb/fingers, which may cause you to experience coordination problems

How Your Altamonte Springs FL Chiropractor Diagnoses and Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

While some people turn to major surgery to relieve their wrist pain and other CTS symptoms, full recovery can require days or even weeks, and the surgery poses risks of complications such as nerve damage. Here at Beyond Chiropractic, your Altamonte Springs FL chiropractor (Dr. Danielle Clarke or Dr. Roy Clarke) can relieve your symptoms safely and effectively — and without surgery.

The first step is to evaluate your condition to confirm that your actually have CST and not other condition that causes hand pain. If you actually have thoracic outlet syndrome (a thoracic nerve impingement) or cervical radiculopathy (cervical nerve root impingement), we will treat those conditions instead. If your symptoms clearly stem from the hand and wrist, CST is the likely culprit.

Our chiropractic services can relieve your CST in a number of ways. For instance, if poor sports technique die to musculoskeletal imbalance is a factor, spinal adjustments may help by normalizing your posture. Chiropractic manipulation of the wrist itself can also relieve median nerve impingement. Massage and K-Laser therapies to reduce inflammation offer additional methods for taking the pressure off, while gentle stretches and other exercises can loosen and strengthen the connective tissues.

You don’t have to submit to surgery to escape the torment of CST. Call Beyond Chiropractic at (407) 261-1001 for an evaluation — and get a helping hand for that hurting hand!

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