What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The pinching or compression of the median nerve is a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Commonly known to affect women more than men, this condition can cause severe numbness, pain, and weakness in the hands and wrists. CTS is a common soft tissue strain injury caused by the repetitive movement and gripping of the hand and is often a common cause of insomnia and losing time away from work. The onset of discomfort in the palm of your hands and wrists typically precedes the following symptoms of CTS:
- Pins and needles sensations
- Pain in the hand while sleeping
- Wrist and hand weakness
- Tingling or numbness in the forearm and hand
- Inability to grip or hold onto objects
Experiencing any of these symptoms can affect your daily life and will only worsen if not treated correctly. It is important to seek chiropractic care at Advanced Chiropractic in Klamath Falls where our lead chiropractor will use the latest chiropractic techniques and healthcare solutions to fix your CTS.
What Causes CTS?
When excessive pressure is present in the wrist, inflammation and swelling may occur, which impinges the median nerve. Additionally, blood flow in the wrist may become obstructed due to a number of conditions that include:
- Dysfunction of the thyroid
- High blood pressure
- Trauma to the wrist or hand
- Autoimmune disorders
Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel
Traditional treatment options for CTS may include recommendations for surgery or steroid injections to address this painful condition. However, if you seek non-invasive treatment with a chiropractor, there are effective treatment techniques for CTS available today. The lead chiropractor at Advanced Chiropractic specializes in the Graston Technique which is a patented treatment that involves the use of a patented stainless steel hand-held instrument used by a chiropractor to glide along the patient's ligaments, muscles, and tendons. This tool allows the technician to detect restrictions in the tissue and break up any the fascia and adhesions present in the hand, forearms, and other parts of the body. A series of stretching exercises will be used for the promotion for fiber re-alignment with the goal to restore healthy, normalized tissue. There are a number of benefits of the Graston Technique, including:
- Resolution of chronic conditions
- A reduced need for anti-inflammatory medications
- Quicker recovery or rehabilitation
Many patients receive treatments two to three times a week over a period of four to five weeks.
If you suffer from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Advanced Chiropractic in Klamath Falls at (541) 273-5433 to schedule a consultation today and begin your journey to healing.