Chiropractic for carpal tunnel syndrome
Chiropractic for carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel is a common occurrence in the work place but also is a misunderstood problem. In recent years it has become almost a trash can diagnosis for any chronic pain in the hand or wrist which is aggravated by repetitive motion. There are any number of issues involved with the hands that fit that description but true carpal tunnel has the distinction in that the pain will radiate up the arm unlike the other clinical possibilities. In carpal tunnel syndrome there is an entrapment as the median nerve travels through the small carpal bones of the wrist. Consequently Chiropractic for carpal tunnel syndrome is a good fit as a chiropractor can provide a comprehensive exam to determine if the symptoms are coming from somewhere else. This can be either in the spine or if the patient has a nerve or joint problem somewhere along the way as the median nerve travels out from the neck and down into the wrist. If this is the case the problem will mimic carpal tunnel and raises the possibility of a wrong diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. The medical approach tries to relieve the pain by wrist immobilization, and anti-inflammatories. If the problem persists corticosteroids may be injected into the crease of the hand near the wrist which may provide relief but has a high relapse rate. A chiropractic will often perform a manual adjustment of the wrist to relieve pressure and align the carpal bones of the hand with the other structures which make up the wrist. Over a short course of treatments the problem is often corrected. There is also clinical evidence to indicate that carpal tunnel syndrome can related to a vitamin B-6 deficiency especially if edema is involved. Chiropractic for carpal tunnel syndrome has shown to be effective in most cases and should the modality of first choice when faced with arm or hand pain from repetitive motion. Fortunately there is light at the end of the carpal tunnel….