If you’ve ever been diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), you know how painful and debilitating it can be. The condition is linked to a pinched nerve in the wrist from jobs or hobbies that require repetitive motions, as well as trauma, disease and pregnancy.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, the syndrome is the most expensive of all work-related injuries, possibly amounting to as much as $30,000 in medical bills and loss of income. In this post, we answer your top questions about CTS and share info about how we can prevent and treat it using chiropractic techniques.
Who is at risk?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, people ages 30-60 are at significant risk of CTS. Women, specifically, have been found to be more likely to contract CTS, with the odds being 2 to 5. Generally, though, people who handle small tools and use a computer keyboard on a daily basis are particularly at risk of developing CTS.
What are the symptoms?
A person’s dominant hand suffers the worst of the symptoms of CTS due to over-activity. Sufferers often report a tingling sensation, numbness, and pain severe enough to cause restless nights. The pain can even continue up the arm as far as the shoulder. During the day, tingling in the hands may also be felt, followed by weakness and inability to squeeze objects. Muscle strength is also decreased in the base of the thumb near the palm.
How is CTS diagnosed?
Early diagnosis of CTS is essential. If you start to experience any of the symptoms stated, you should immediately seek help from medical professionals or a chiropractor. Chiropractors conduct pressure-proactive and carpal compression tests to see if the symptoms are indeed consistent with CTS.
How is it treated?
Chiropractic joint manipulation may treat the symptoms, increase range of motion and reduce pain. Along with other treatment methods like upper spine manipulation, ultrasound therapy, and wrist supports, chiropractic treatment can be very effective in relieving CTS pain. If you are suffering from CTS, contact us today to schedule your appointment!