A problem that begins in the wrist and occurs when the Carpal Tunnel becomes narrower, trapping and compressing the median nerve is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (often referred to as CTS). It is much more common than you might imagine, is painful and can become debilitating.

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeThis is a problem where Chiropractic care can really help, especially if you take early action. It might even prevent the need for surgery so, if you think you are experiencing symptoms of CTS, call Lygon Chiropractic today on 9381 1991 and arrange an assessment consultation.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Early symptoms of CTS are most likely to be experienced at night. You might wake up with a prickling, pins and needles sensation in your hand or a hand that has ‘gone to sleep’. As our bodies relax in sleep, our wrists are likely to be in a flexed position. This exacerbates the nerve pressure and causes these early signs of a problem developing.
  • The next stage is difficulty closing your fist or picking up objects between your thumb and forefinger. There may also be numbness in the hand which makes detecting hot objects harder and makes dropping objects more likely.
  • Common symptoms experienced by most CTS sufferers are pain, and initially, numbness or tingling, itching or burning sensations in the hand.
  • Symptoms may radiate from the wrist area and travel up the forearm toward the elbow.
  • One or both hands may be affected.
  • As Carpal Tunnel Syndrome progresses, pain increases and it might be difficult to carry out normal, everyday tasks in your job or take part in sport and leisure activities.

Why is Chiropractic a Better Option for CTS?

Dr. of Chiropractic, Tyson Aldenhoven recommends that you take early action and visit your Chiropractor if you are experiencing any combination of the problems listed. Chiropractic care can help with any stage of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but if started early, the gentle mobilization and manipulation techniques used in Chiropractic will be very effective at relieving the median nerve pressure causing the problem, relieving pain and improving the mobility and strength of the affected hand and wrist.

Additional help that a Chiropractor can provide might include:

  • Advice on how you could lessen the impact of repetitive tasks (at work or in your daily life) on your CTS problem
  • Advice on exercises that you can do on a daily basis to help strengthen your hand and wrist and increase mobility
  • Advice on supplementation; some people with CTS also have a deficiency of Vitamin B6. Please take advice before taking this supplement and not try to self-medicate, as high doses can cause nerve damage (neuropathy).

It may even avoid you having to have surgery to alleviate the symptoms. This makes Chiropractic a good choice as a conservative treatment option and a cost effective one too – avoiding surgery and general anaesthesia is something that most of us would prefer – given the choice!

Chiropractic is an attractive alternative to the generally offered treatment from a GP (to use a combination of anti inflammatory tablets and immobilizing the affected wrist in a splint). Many people cannot tolerate, or are allergic to, Ibuprofen – one of the most commonly used anti-inflammatory medications. In addition, for those with manual jobs, having the affected wrist immobilized might make their job impossible, necessitating time off work. CallĀ 9381 1991 and arrange a consultation today.