Carpal tunnel syndrome is known as a repetitive stress injury. When this injury occurs, it affects the median nerve that travels through the tunnel created by the wrist bones. Most commonly it is the dominant wrist that becomes injured, and symptoms may include numbness and pain in the fingers, weakness, shooting pains up the arm, and tingling of the hands. It can be caused by or worsen due to repetitive tasks and motions.
Many patients choose chiropractic care as a treatment option for their carpal tunnel. It is not as invasive as other treatments and does not require the use of medication. The typical chiropractic treatment for this syndrome includes manipulation and adjustments of the affected elbow and wrist, and it may also include upper spine manipulation involving the application of pressure to a certain joint. Your Jonesboro chiropractor may also instruct you to rest your arm, perform certain exercises, immobilize the area with a brace of splint, or to apply a cold pack in order to reduce inflammation.
Some chiropractors may also utilize ultrasound therapy as a way to treat carpal tunnel. This therapy utilizes either very low-energy or high-energy sound, and both options are outside normal human hearing range. The chiropractor will then utilize a device that will emit a focused sound wave that can penetrate deep within the tissue of the body. These sound waves are thought to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and to relax muscles.
Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel is a relatively safe option. Studies have shown that this type of treatment can improve the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries, and research has also concluded that chiropractic care may have the same level of effect as other allopathic care options. Factors such as the severity of the condition, age, and your overall health will all have an effect on the success of this treatment option.