Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.
If your median nerve is compressed, you probably have carpal tunnel syndrome. This disorder can cause numbness and tingling in your wrist, elbow, and hand, and in some people, pain and weakness. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive movements of the hands such as those who crochet, knit, and type.
Your risk for developing carpal tunnel may rise if you are pregnant, have hypothyroidism, or have diabetes. While corticosteroids and surgery may be recommended, they are not always effective, and corticosteroids are not typically recommended for long-term use. Instead, consider the following interventions that may be recommended by your chiropractor to help ease your symptoms.
Chiropractors can perform ultrasound treatments to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel treatment. Ultrasound treatments do not use harmful ionizing radiation; instead, it uses sound waves to decrease inflammation, ease discomfort, enhance blood flow to painful areas, and relax the muscles at the affected sites.
While ultrasound therapy on its own is an effective chiropractic treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome, your chiropractor may also recommend that you wear a wrist splint to rest the joint until your symptoms subside. Ultrasound therapy is painless, and before your chiropractic begins the treatment, they will apply a transducer gel to the area being treated to enhance soundwave conduction.
Chiropractic spinal manipulations not only help treat neck and back disorders, but they can also help curb carpal tunnel symptoms. Spinal adjustments can help promote blood flow to the median nerve while reducing inflammation. In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor may also manually manipulate your hands, wrists, and elbows to help alleviate pressure on the median nerve.
While spinal adjustments and median nerve manipulation can help promote mobility and improve your symptoms, it may take multiple appointments with your chiropractic physician to enjoy long-term relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. Spinal adjustments may also help induce a more restful sleep, which is important to those suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some carpal tunnel patients are unable to enjoy restorative sleep because of numbness, tingling, limb weakness, and extreme wrist pain.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment with your chiropractic physician. After a comprehensive exam, they can develop an individualized treatment plan to target your symptoms. Successful chiropractic treatment may alleviate your need for pain medications, which can lead to significant side effects. Contact a chiropractor for more information.