Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects up to 4% of the population. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.
This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist and reduction of grip strength and function of the affected hand.
While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option. New research into carpal tunnel syndrome has revealed that the pain it causes in the wrist and arm is likely just symptomatic of problems elsewhere in the body. In fact, results show that wrist and arm pain is related to misalignments of bones, ligaments, and muscles in the neck.
Four reasons why patients with carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from chiropractic care.
- Chiropractic care is documented to work on carpal tunnel syndrome – studies have shown strong results that back the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on CTS. Significant improvement in several measures such as range of motion, finger sensation and pain reduction have been recorded giving patients confidence in improving their symptoms when choosing to pursue a chiropractor’s care.
- Chiropractors provide a less invasive treatment option – chiropractic care helps minimise the surgical option as a last resort. Regular visits to a chiropractor can show positive results in the controlling and healing of many CTS symptoms.
- Chiropractic care offers an alternative to daily doses of medicine to manage pain – If medicinal treatment is not an attractive option for you, a chiropractor appointment is the next logical step.
- Allows patients to learn how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome – working with a chiropractor to relieve, control and heal the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome empowers the patient to be able to take ownership of managing and improving their health.
Of all the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment choices, chiropractic care offers the dual benefits of being a highly effective treatment while still employing tactics that are not as invasive as other options. If you or a loved one are suffering from this condition, give us a call. Healthworks is here to help!