Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel is an injury of the wrist and can be the result of trauma but commonly it is the result of work-related repetitive motions. Typing at a computer is the most common cause for carpal tunnel. But other repetitive movements, such as playing a musical instrument or long hours gripping a steering wheel or using electronic devices may also cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be very painful and debilitating. Without effective treatment, you may be unable to perform your job or the things you love.
Apex Chiropractic in Santa Monica Treats Carpal Tunnel Pain
Surgery and pain medications are often used as treatments for carpal tunnel pain. Most patients with this condition are understandably concerned about the side effects of these medications or the possibility of a failed surgery. If you are suffering with carpal tunnel pain, you may be wondering if there are effective alternatives to pain meds, anti-inflammatories and surgery. Chiropractic care can be a very effective alternative. At Apex Chiropractic, instead of masking symptoms of pain with medication, we use natural, non-invasive treatment techniques focused on correcting the underlying cause for your pain.
In order to understand why chiropractic treatment is so effective, it is important to understand the causes of carpal tunnel pain. Carpal tunnel pain is caused by a specific nerve compression in the wrist. Often it is attributed to poor ergonomics and repetitive movements which put pressure on the median nerve. This nerve passes through a channel composed of several bones and soft tissue of the wrist while traveling into the hand. We call this channel the carpal tunnel. Misalignment of carpal bones or inflammation caused by repetitive motion places stress on the carpal tunnel, causing the channel to narrow and consequently compress the nerve. This compression can lead to chronic pain and numbness. Gentle, chiropractic adjustments to the carpal bones can relieve pressure on the median nerve by opening the space and improving proper wrist alignment. Adjustments reduce swelling and inflammation naturally for better pain management. Complementary therapies, such as stretching, and strengthening exercises, can help to improve wrist mechanics. Instruction on proper ergonomics help to avoid future injury.
Carpal tunnel patients frequently also suffer from recurring back pain and neck pain. Poor spinal mechanics may be a contributing factor when evaluating carpal tunnel pain. In addition to chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, our chiropractor may also recommend specific vertebral adjustments and ergonomic corrections for improved mechanics. By using chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with complementary therapies, we provide natural long-lasting pain relief. If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, the right chiropractic treatment plan can allow you to return to activities you love. Call Apex Chiropractic(310) 393-9070 to schedule a history and exam to determine your best treatment options!