Carpal Tunnel Relief
Dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome can make you feel as if you are trying to perform your everyday tasks with one hand (or, if you are really unlucky, two hands) tied behind your back. This chronic compression of the nerve tissue in your wrist can reduce your ability to type, perform manual labor, or even manage chores around the house.
Before you agree to undergo major surgery for this problem, you should look into the conservative treatment techniques provided by Dr. Tom Molstad here at Molstad Chiropractic Clinic in Sioux City, IA.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a narrow space inside the wrist, defined by ligaments, bones, and other surrounding structures. A nerve called the median nerve runs through the space, branching off into nerves that control function and movement in the thumb and first three fingers of the hand. (The little finger is governed by a different nerve).
If the space around the median nerve narrows further, the surrounding tissues may squeeze the nerve until it can no longer function correctly. This problem may produce symptoms such as numbness, pain, and weakness in the affected hand or wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may occur for a variety of reasons. Repetitive motions (keyboard work, painting, playing a musical instrument, gripping a tennis racket etc.) may cause chronic inflammation, causing internal tissues to swell up.
You may run a higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome if you are female, pregnant, or dealing with an underlying health problem such as diabetes. If you were born with particularly narrow carpal tunnels, you may be especially vulnerable to this disorder.
How Chiropractic Care Can Ease Symptoms Without Surgery
Doctors often recommend surgery to resolve carpal tunnel syndrome. But while this procedure can yield good results, it can also require extensive downtime and present post-operative complications. Our chiropractor can often relieve carpal tunnel syndrome simply by adjusting the bones of the wrist.
You might even discover that you do not actually have carpal tunnel syndrome at all; instead, you have a cervical nerve impingement causing your hand and wrist symptoms. Our chiropractor can make a spinal adjustment to relieve that nerve pressure and eliminate your symptoms.
Chiropractic care is not the only treatment we can apply to your carpal tunnel syndrome. We can also use cold laser therapy, physiotherapy, and other all-natural techniques to restore comfort and function.