What Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts the hands and arms when the median nerve compresses or squeezes leading to pain, numbness or tingling. When the carpal tunnel, defined as an area in the wrist, narrows or swells, the tightening impacts the median nerve.
The areas surrounding the carpal tunnel may also swell creating even more pressure. The pressure on the median nerve produces the unwanted pain, numbness and tingling.
When left unaddressed, the pain worsens and the nerve becomes damaged. Nerve damage is a serious issue. When left untreated for a long time, permanent nerve damage may occur. Early diagnosis and treatment help prevent nerve damage.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
At Broomfield Spine + Injury, we regularly diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. We start with a free consultation to obtain a detailed patient history and determine your lifestyle and risk factors. If it’s indicated that chiropractic care will be effective, we then conduct testing along with a physical examination of the wrists and hands.
We frequently see patients previously misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel. A proper history and examination, including orthopedic and neurologic testing, will usually rule it out. However, the only way to truly diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome is with an electrodiagnostic test called an NCV/EMG (a nerve conduction velocity/electromyography). If this is needed, Dr. Manteris will coordinate the additional testing with the appropriate health professional.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated with Chiropractic Care?
The most frequently recommended treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome are surgery or injections. Yet, half of all carpal tunnel release surgeries are unsuccessful, and the surgery requires a three-month recovery. This is almost always due to misdiagnosis. Thoracic outlet syndrome or double crush syndrome is commonly misdiagnosed. Radiculopathy originating from a spinal nerve root in the neck is another.
Doctors offer many approaches to address carpal tunnel. However, the effectiveness varies greatly. For example, wrist splinting and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have shown no evidence of effectiveness. Oral corticosteroids are only effective for short durations of less than four weeks and are associated with several serious side effects.
Before you opt for an invasive procedure like surgery, try chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome. We’ve found that early invention with chiropractic care produces positive results. In fact, many medical doctors now recommend chiropractic care before turning to surgery.
We use chiropractic adjustments and utilize instrument adjusting to the wrists and hands. Since the nerves connect ultimately to the spine, we also use spinal adjustments. With each new patient, we develop a customized treatment plan to address your unique case.
Broomfield Spine + Injury Offers Carpal Tunnel Treatment
We treat patients with carpal tunnel issues at our clinic in Broomfield, Colorado. We use best practices and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you receive the best possible care. Dr. Manteris’s high level of training and reputation for results make him a respected Broomfield chiropractor.