Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel? Yes, Please.
Carpal tunnel is very common. While it's not the only type of repetitive stress injury you can suffer, it's certainly among the most frustrating. This painful condition is exacerbated by everyday movements that are difficult to avoid, which only adds to the pain. One potential treatment for carpal tunnel is chiropractic care, and if you're not having a lot of luck with other approaches, give chiropractic treatment a try. Summit Medical Care Center in Broomfield can help you out.
Why Does This Keep Happening?
Carpal tunnel is called a repetitive stress injury for a reason: it happens because you made the same motions with your arms and hands so much that you essentially over-taxed a bunch of tissue and nerves. Typically, the tissue around the median nerve, which runs along your forearm, through a tunnel of tissue in your wrist (i.e., the carpal tunnel), and into your hand, lets the nerve function as normal. If the tissue in the carpal tunnel becomes inflamed, however, it can compress the nerve, creating pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations.
You'd think the right treatment for carpal tunnel would be to rest the affected arm, let the tissue relax, and the inflammation disappear. However, the motions that create the inflammation in the first place are among the most common motions that you use most days. Do you type on a computer all day, especially with your wrists bent? Do you play drums constantly in a band, with no real breaks on tour? Those are just two examples of how the carpal tissue can become inflamed.
Treating the condition is best done from several angles. Your doctor will likely look at rest, anti-inflammatory medications, stabilizing the joints (e.g., wrist braces), and special exercises. You should also improve the ergonomics at work and home. Use wrist supports for keyboards and ensure your posture is good, for example. There are also holistic modalities like acupuncture and chiropractic care, which can help release muscular tension in your arm that could be contributing to the compression.
See a Chiropractor in Broomfield Today
If you'd like to give chiropractic care or other integrated medicine a chance, contact Summit Medical Care Center in Broomfield at (303) 466-3232. The more paths you can take toward wellness, the better the chance you'll be able to soothe, if not solve, your carpal tunnel syndrome.