Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Care through chiropractic - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Chiropractic

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a problem of the median nerve.   Subsequently the nerve  gets entrapped in a small tunnel at the wrist.  As a result, this causes pain, weakness and possibly numbness of the hand, wrist and forearm.  The result is tingling, burning, itching, numbness and pain.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes a major impact on the workforce with disability resulting during episodes due to the severity of symptoms.  Therefore, a comprehensive approach to treatment is needed.

Treatment may include chiropractic joint manipulation of the wrist and hand.  Stretches, strengthening exercises, and soft tissue mobilization are important,  but similarly physical therapy modalities can help to stabilize your symptoms. Moreover, even though the wrist is a small part of the body, it takes a varied approach to treat it successfully. 

Most importantly, regular breaks will be needed.  Similarly, ice can be used at the end of the day to decrease swelling.  In addition sleeping with wrist braces can help reduce the stress on the wrists.  Having a workspace ergonomic evaluation can help to improve your workstation.  In short, this approach can lead to a  dramatic reduction in symptoms.

Dr. Cady has been successfully treating Carpal Tunnel and wrist symptoms for over 30 years.   He has helped to keep many many computer professionals working despite the heavy stress on their wrists and arms.  Come in for an evaluation toda

Sunnyvale Wrist and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Anatomy

The Carpal Tunnel is located in the underside of the wrist.  It is a passageway through which the Median nerve travels.  It leads to the hand and fingers. Along with the Median nerve, the carpal tunnel contains the nine tendons.  These tendons are for the forearm muscles.  They are responsible for bending and flexing the fingers and thumb.

Arteries and lymphatic vessels supply circulation to the hand.  They are located within the tunnel. The bottom and sides of this tunnel are formed by wrist bones. In addition, the top of the tunnel is covered by a strong band of connective tissue.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sunnyvale

Tendon size can increase as a result of inflammation.   Sometimes the carpal tunnel size decreases because of a mechanical dysfunction of the carpal bones. The median nerve can become constricted or entrapped within the carpal tunnel. Initial symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually include pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers and hands. The thumb and adjacent two fingers are certainly the most involved areas.

These symptoms are especially noticeable during the night.   In addition, patients often wake from their sleep due to these unpleasant feelings. Moreover, the ability to grasp small objects using the thumb and fingers can be affected dramatically.   In short, if left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent dysfunction of the hand.

Most importantly, we work with you to keep you working when possible.  During treatment, if you follow our advise, you may be able to continue working.  However if improvement does not occur, a break from work may be necessary. 

Common Causes

Some common causes and associated conditions are:

  • Repetitive grasping
  • Forceful grasping 
  • Prolonged computer usage
  • Repetitive bending of the wrist
  • Broken or dislocated bones in the wrist 
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid gland imbalance
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes associated with menopause or pregnancy

Any of the above can predispose one to carpal tunnel syndrome. But in many cases the cause is unknown. Even repetitive household activities can cause this syndrome.  But by far the most significant reason for the increase of people suffering with CTS is the use of computers. This is a major concern in the world.  People of all ages are spending much of their time typing on a keyboard and clicking on a mouse.

Case studies show that chiropractic made a demonstrable difference through objective and subjective outcomes.  (read more)

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Proper diagnosis and management of this condition is essential.   Early intervention is essential to curtail the disabling symptoms of CTS.  Dr. Cady is qualified to deal with this problem.   He can help many sufferers achieve relief.

Treatment can include:

  • Adjustments of the dysfunctional joints of the wrist improve motion
  • Ultrasound to help reduce inflammation
  • Ice similarly reduces inflammation
  • Electrical therapy to strengthen weak muscles of the forearm
  • In addition specific exercises to stretch and/or strengthen muscles of the forearm and hand
  • Soft tissue massage stretches contracted tissues
  • You might be advised to wear a splint or support.  This is especially beneficial during sleep, to help hold the wrist in a neutral position to relieve pressure at the carpal tunnel.
  • To sum up,  treatment requires a broad approach