Chiropractic and Wrists: What's the Deal?

Between 4 and 10 million Americans currently have carpal tunnel syndrome, a malady that makes typing painful. It makes lots of things painful, actually, anything that you have to do with your wrists. There’s got to be a solution to this in chiropractic, right?

Of course there is! Among chiropractors in Chattanooga, TN, you will find many willing to treat you for carpal tunnel. It may seem funny that a chiropractor—what many know as “back doctors”— can bring about healing to a wrist, but it’s true. Let’s find out how.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is the name of pain associated with the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. This nerve can become compressed in the carpal tunnel, which is the median nerve’s path through the wrist. Sufferers may feel pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist that radiates up the arm. They may also feel burning, itching, or tingling in the palm and some fingers. Their fingers may feel swollen even though it doesn’t look like there’s any swelling.

CTS can arise out of many different causes. It could be from an injury to the wrist that causes swelling, problems with the wrist joint, poor work ergonomics (hence the pain when typing), even diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or an overactive pituitary gland. If any of these symptoms and causes sound familiar, you should find a chiropractor in Franklin, TN to get diagnosed and treated right away.

Standard CTS Treatment

Speaking of getting treated, what do doctors usually prescribe for CTS? The standard CTS treatment in Chattanooga, TN and anywhere involves some of the same things you might do for a sprain. For example, you’d start with raising the wrist above your heart to decrease blood flow (and thus inflammation). Apply ice packs to also decrease swelling/inflammation. Avoid doing those activities that contribute to the pain, and immobilize the wrist in a splint.

These at-home methods can and will reduce the pain for a time. Patients can take anti-inflammatory medication—or if you want to stick to the homeopathic route, vitamin B6 has been known to help. Some patients get bad enough that they may need the CTS surgery, which means cutting the transverse carpal ligament to permanently remove pressure from the median nerve.

What Chiropractic Does

Chiropractic, because of its homeopathic nature, seeks to avoid synthetic medications and surgery. As such, chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel does not immediately jump to these solutions; instead, it takes more of a physical therapy approach.

A chiropractor in Chattanooga, TN will practice joint manipulation on the wrist, meaning that he or she will run the wrist through its range of motion to increase mobility. They will also stretch the wrist, train you in strengthening exercises, do soft tissue mobilization techniques, and even suggest yoga as a safe practice for strengthening the wrist. They may recommend complementary techniques like acupuncture, which is currently being studied for its effectiveness in treating CTS. Before you head to the surgeon, try chiropractic for resolving CTS.

Do you have CTS?

If you have CTS, you most likely already know everything we discussed in this post. If not, now you’ve got the warning signs and a list of treatment options in your disease arsenal. And if you’re in the Franklin, TN area, you’ve got nothing to fear—chiropractors all over the city are at your disposal!

What’s your CTS story? Have you been successfully treated for CTS by a chiropractor in Franklin, TN (or anywhere for that matter)? Or has your journey been long and now you’re facing surgery? We want to know all sides, so leave a comment now!

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