Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was the #1 occupational hazard and is the most commonly reported medical problem in the work place. The main cause is abnormal and repetitive pressure on the median nerve , usually from prolonged pinching and grasping, forceful wrist flexion and vibrating hand tools.
Symptons include pain, numbness, stiffness, tingling and burning sensations, weakness and loss of grip. Carpel Tunnel is not restricted to people who use computers. It effects people who work in jobs that involve highly repetitive or awkward use of their upper extremities.
Traditional treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) involves:
- Immobilization of the wrist (brace)
- Anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, aspirin)
- Cortisone injection(s)
Surgery to relieve nerve pressure.
Did you know that a non-surgical approach may be the right treatment for you? Chiropractic or hand therapy treament can include manipulation of the wrist and carpal bones to realign the bones, gentle traction, ultrasound, soft tissue manipulation, nerve mobilisation anda cryotherapy. If more people were aware that non-surgical alternatives have shown success, many unnecessary wrist and hand surgeries could be avoided.