Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve that lies within your arm and hand becomes compressed within the wrist. The compression of the median nerve results in pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the hand and arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect professional athletes, seasoned office workers, or avid tech junkies, and incidents of carpal tunnel syndrome are on the rise.
Did You Know?
Although carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States, new research has found that almost half of these surgeries are unsuccessful and patients still have symptoms after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I see a chiropractor for my carpal tunnel syndrome?
If left untreated, the median nerve can become permanently damaged or your symptoms may get worse over time. However, invasive measures like surgery are not always the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Since the median nerve originates in the cervical region of your spine, Dr. Garcia can locate and correct problematic areas that may be causing your median nerve to be compressed. Thus, chiropractic care provides a non-invasive way of decompressing your median nerve and relieving your carpal tunnel symptoms.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. He may also press down or tap along the median nerve to test for signs of numbness, tingling, or pain. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may manipulate your cervical spine, wrist, and/or elbow to relieve compression of your median nerve.
Is there anything I can do to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in the future?
Because carpal tunnel syndrome has a multitude of causes, it is hard to prevent. The best way to prevent future symptoms from occurring is to attend regular chiropractic sessions to prevent the median nerve from compressing. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Garcia will establish a treatment plan to determine how frequent you will need chiropractic care. Additionally, you will want to avoid repetitive motions, poor hand positioning, and any activities that aggravate your condition.