Your Healthy Wrist
Your chiropractor can make a treatment plan to meet your needs. Work with your chiropractor to help relieve your CTS pain and keep it from coming back.
What You Can Do
Learn how to position your wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve. As much as possible, keep the wrist straight. Avoid bending and twisting motions. Also, avoid frequent repeated movements, and rest your hand often. Ask your chiropractor for exercises to help strengthen your wrist.
Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
With carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a nerve that runs from the arm into the fingers is irritated. This problem occurs at the wrist, but related problems may occur in the shoulder or neck. CTS causes wrist or hand pain. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling, and a weak grip. Common causes of CTS include wrist injury and overuse. Chiropractic care can help ease pressure on the irritated nerve and relieve your pain.
Your Chiropractic Evaluation
You’re asked about your symptoms, past injuries or treatments, and overall health. You’re also asked about your daily life, this includes the following:
- Work habits
- Sports /Fitness / Exercise
You’re asked about your pain and symptoms. You’re also asked about what triggers your headaches. This can include emotional stress, certain foods and drinks, or poor sleeping habits. Mention past injuries or treatments, and whether you have other health problems. Also, tell your chiropractor about your daily activities such as work or exercise.
Your chiropractor examines you to locate the nerve problem. He or she may check points along nerves running from your fingers to your neck. You may be asked to move your hand and wrist into certain positions.
Your Treatment Plan
Your chiropractor creates a plan to care for your CTS. This likely includes a hands-on technique called manipulation. Other treatment methods also help. In addition, you’re taught ways to help relieve CTS pain and keep it from coming back.
Manipulation (also called adjustment) improves joint flexibility and spinal alignment. During manipulation, your chiropractor carefully applies pressure to affected areas of the spine.Manipulation for headaches can help relieve nerve pressure, improve blood flow, and reduce headache pain.
Other treatments may be suggested. These can help reduce pain by relaxing muscles and reducing swelling. They include:
- Trigger point therapy to ease muscle tension.
- Ice to reduce swelling and heat to relax muscles.
- Ultrasound and muscle stimulation to relax muscles, reduce muscle spasm, and improve blood flow.
- TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) to reduce pain.