Carpal Tunnel Pain?
Did you know that just as nerves become pinched in your back by the bones in your spine, the bones in your wrist may also compress nearby nerves, giving rise to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome? While many people seek treatment through surgical means, Dr. Nemastil at LifeStyle Chiropractic in Lexington has had success treating carpel tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel surgery can cost thousands, and it doesn't necessarily guarantee resolution of symptoms. Many people are electing a more conservative approach before opting for invasive surgery. For these reasons, our doctor at LifeStyle Chiropractic has prepared this short article to provide you some general information about carpal tunnel and the alternative treatment solutions available.
Carpal Tunnel Lexington
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 bony misalignments of the wrist, patients begin to feel sensations of burning, pain, tingling, or swelling extending from the first to the fourth digit. It is not uncommon for patients to report that they have recently noticed weakness throughout the affected hand or that picking up small objects isn’t as easy as usual, like a coffee cup.
Patients at LifeStyle Chiropractic also wonder how they developed the condition. Typically, the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome isn’t completely evident. However, some patients are able to recall an injury to the wrist that caused the symptoms to develop shortly after. Certain occupations have also been shown to contribute to the development of the condition. Jobs that involve long term use of vibrating instruments and the repetitious use of the hands top the list. Finally, metabolic disorders involving the pituitary and thyroid gland can also contribute to its development.
Depending on the activity, carpal tunnel typically begins in a person’s dominant hand, but symptoms throughout both hands is not uncommon. Unfortunately, many health care professionals only focus on the site of pain when the problem can lie 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 often why carpal tunnel decompression surgeries are unsuccessful nearly 40% of the time. While carpal tunnel is more common in the dominant hand, it is also nearly 3 times more common in women in Lexington due to the smaller size of the tunnel.
What are the Best Treatments Available?
The most appropriate treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome largely depends on the underlying cause. As with most conditions, it is advised that patients begin with a non-invasive treatment. While prescription medications, decompression surgeries, and forms of physical therapy may provide short term relief, the symptoms often reappear without the correction of the nerve interference in the spine. Your chiropractic doctor at LifeStyle Chiropractic, will perform an evaluation of your condition and discuss with you a treatment plan that best suits you. Following spinal corrections, many patients experience substantial improvements of their symptoms. Adjustments to the bones of the wrist and therapies to the surrounding tissues is often performed as well.
At LifeStyle Chiropractic in Lexington, KY we understand that making decisions about how to treat carpal tunnel syndrome can be difficult. If you would like more information about carpal tunnel or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.
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