While many patients seek treatment through surgical means, Dr. David Robinson at Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage has had success in treating carpel tunnel syndrome through non-invasive chiropractic care. With surgical procedures costing anywhere between $6,000 and $11,000 dollars, many patients are beginning to elect for a more conservative approach to care. For these reason, our team has prepared this short article to provide you some general information about carpal tunnel and the alternative treatment solutions available.
Could I Be Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Many people visit our clinic with complaints of wrist pain and questions regarding what exactly carpal tunnel syndrome feels like. Typically, as the median nerve is compressed due to swelling and/or bony misalignments of the wrist, patients begin to feel sensations of burning, pain, tingling, or swelling. This pain can extend from the wrist to the first or fourth digit. It is not uncommon for patients to report that they have weakness throughout the affected hand or that picking up small objects isn’t as easy as usual. Occasionally people develop the feeling of swelling in their hand as the median nerve becomes compressed. This sensation can occur even when no swelling is present.
In addition to questions about what carpal tunnel syndrome feels like, patients often wonder how they developed the condition. Certain occupations have been shown to contribute to the development of this condition. Especially jobs that involve long term use of vibrating instruments, or any job that involves the repetitious use of the hands and wrists.
Depending on the activity, carpal tunnel typically begins in a person’s dominant hand, but symptoms throughout both hands are not uncommon. Unfortunately, many health care professionals only focus on the site of pain when the problem often lies elsewhere. In fact, it has been shown that patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms typically have nerve irritation stemming from the spine. This is why carpal tunnel decompression surgeries are unsuccessful in many cases. While carpal tunnel is more common in the dominant hand, it is also nearly 3 times more common in women. This is thought to be because women tend to have a smaller carpal tunnel for the median nerve to pass though.
What are the Best Treatments Available?
The most appropriate treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome largely depends on the underlying cause. As with most conditions, it is advised that patients begin with a non-invasive and more affordable treatment. While prescription medications, decompression surgeries, and physical therapy may provide short term relief, the symptoms often reappear without the correction of the nerve interference in the spine. Dr. David Robinson at Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage will perform an evaluation of your condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan that best suits you. Following spinal corrections, many patients experience substantial improvements in their symptoms. If symptoms persist, adjustments to the bones of the wrist and therapies to the surrounding tissues are often considered.
At Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage in Spokane we understand that making decisions about how to treat carpal tunnel can be difficult. If you would like more information, contact our clinic today.