Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person's forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion or overuse, injury to the wrist or fluid retention as in pregnancy. Symptoms of CTS include pain, tingling and numbness in the palm of the hand and all the fingers except the little finger. While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome, up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option.
Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care is documented (1) to work on carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chiropractors provide a less invasive treatment option.
Chiropractic care offers an alternative to medication to manage pain
Allows patients to learn how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome.
While there are no guarantees that any one mode of treatment will work on every person, you should try manual therapy as a first line of action. Research (1) has shown manual therapies to be similarly effective to surgery in the medium and long term for improving pain and function. Results however showed physical therapy led to better outcomes in the short term.
Of all the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment choices, chiropractic care offers the dual benefits of being a highly effective treatment while still employing tactics that are not as invasive as other options. If you or a loved one are suffering from this condition, give us a call. We’re here to help!
1. J Pain. 2015 Nov;16(11):1087-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.07.012. Epub 2015 Aug 15. Manual Physical Therapy Versus Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Parallel-Group Trial. Fernández-de-Las Peñas C1, Ortega-Santiago R2, de la Llave-Rincón AI2, Martínez-Perez A3, Fahandezh-Saddi Díaz H4, Martínez-Martín J4, Pareja JA3, Cuadrado-Pérez ML5.