Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment at Atlas Family Chiropractic
Whether you work with your hands for a living or your favorite sport requires the ability to grip a racket or club, carpal tunnel syndrome can put you out of action in a painful way. This chronic impingement of the wrist's median nerve can affect not only your comfort but also the functional capacity of your hand and fingers. The good news is that you can most likely avoid surgery by seeking out the natural treatment options at Alas Family Chiropractic in Towson and Columbia.
Causes and Effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
You may never have thought of your wrist as a hollow space, but it does indeed enclose an area known as the carpal tunnel. This tunnel, which is defined by surrounding bones and connective tissues, is the conduit for the median nerve. The median nerve sends and receives motor and sensory information between the cervical nerve roots (connected to the upper spinal cord) and every digit on the hand except for the little finger (which is controlled by a different nerve). Unfortunately, this nerve can become compressed, especially if you were born with a narrower-than-normal carpal tunnel. Tissue inflammation and/or alignment problems in the wrist can pinch the median nerve, cutting off the flow of data and leaving you with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a debilitating problem, especially for office workers, musicians, artisans, athletes, and others who demand much from their hands. But these individuals also run a high risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. Poor work ergonomics or overuse of the hands/wrists can cause tendinitis and muscle strain, resulting in nerve-pinching inflammation. Your symptoms might even be coming from higher up the nerve due to a cervical spinal impingement.
Non-Surgical Relief for Wrist Pain and Other Symptoms
The first step in controlling your carpal tunnel issues is determining their cause. Our chiropractor will examine your wrist structure and ask you about your work ergonomics, sports routine, and other possible contributing factors. Chiropractic adjustments to the wrist bones can help to improve the amount of space inside the carpal tunnel. Spinal adjustments can relieve any nerve impingement that might simulate a carpal tunnel problem. Massage therapy can reduce swelling and wrist pain without drugs, while lifestyle/ergonomic changes can help you steer clear of future carpal tunnel trouble.
Get the Help You Need in Towson or Columbia
Atlas Family Chiropractic Center wants to help you get your wrist working and feeling like it should again. Call our Towson or Columbia office to set up an appointment.