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Elbow | Wrist | Hand

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be Effectively Managed with Chiropractic Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem involving the wrists and hands. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness in the thumb, index or middle finger.

It is usually found in people who perform repetitive motions with the hands such as typists, checkout staff, hairdressers and mechanics. CTS accounts for up to 50 percent of American workplace injuries and three per cent of American adults will suffer from CTS at some point in their life. CTS was originally thought to primarily affect women, but we now know CTS is more related to your occupation than your gender.

The carpal tunnel is a fibrous band of tissue found on the front side of the wrist in the same area as your watch strap. It holds many of the tendons, nerves and blood vessels that are required to operate your hand. CTS can occur if the carpal tunnel is damaged and pressure is placed on the vulnerable nerves and arteries. Usually CTS begins slowly over weeks to months, with symptoms worsening over time. CTS may include pain in the hand or wrist that occurs mostly at night, weakness or clumsiness of the hand, and muscle loss in the palm of the hand.

Misdiagnosis of CTS may occur because the sensitive nerves and arteries that pass through the carpal tunnel can be affected elsewhere, resulting in similar symptoms. For example tight neck or arm muscles can irritate the nerves passing through them leaving the person with symptoms that do not go away with treatment of the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be aggravated by diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or thyroid problems, but CTS is usually due to repetitive strain injuries.

Repetitive strain injuries result from continuous movements, of the same type, for an extended length of time. For example, anyone working at a computer all day is at a higher risk due to the continual strain placed on the muscles of the shoulders, forearms, wrists and hands. Repetitive strain injuries can often be prevented with proper workplace ergonomics and by taking frequent breaks to stretch and change position. Your chiropractor can advise you what the best stretches are to prevent repetitive strain injures from your profession.

Traditionally CTS has been managed by medical doctors through administration of anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Advil, splinting, corticosteroid injections and finally surgery. Doctors of chiropractic offer a conservative approach beginning with joint manipulation or mobilization, which helps the joints in the wrists to move freely. Other treatment options offered by chiropractors include soft tissue treatments which release muscle tension and remove adhesions which may be impinging on the nerves, exercises specifically designed to minimize muscle strain and improve small muscle strength, nutritional advice, and suggestions on modifying the work environment to prevent over use.

See the chiropractors at Kamloops Active Health for a comprehensive treatment plan to your condition.

NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a registered health care provider.

Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain

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Chiropractic and A.R.T.® Combine to Treat Elbow, Wrist and Hand Discomfort

Pain in the elbow, wrist and/or hand can be debilitating. Many of these injuries are a result of repetitive strain or a movement you do over and over again. It may be a task at work or it may be doing a hobby you really enjoy.

Chiropractors are “bone and joint doctors” and injuries to the elbow, wrist and hand can be caused by lack of mobility in these joints too.

Just like adjusting the joints of the spine to restore mobility, we also provide relief by adjusting the joints of the elbow, wrist and hand.

Often the pain can be alleviated through treatment of the muscles of the forearm. One technique that works especially well is ART® and the Chiropractors at Kamloops Active Health are trained in this technique. They are able to break apart the adhesions and scar tissue that has built up in your soft tissues and may be causing your pain or injury to keep coming back. After these soft tissues have been stripped and loosened, prescribed stretches and exercises are an integral part of the recovery process.

Through follow-up strengthening exercises we ease any residual pain left after treatment and help prevent your injury from re-occurring. For many, the chiropractic approach replaces the need for surgery often associated with pain in the elbow, wrist and hand.

Conditions that may benefit from this type of chiropractic care include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis and golfers elbow (epichondylitis)
  • Tendinosis
NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.