Carpal tunnel syndrome can interfere with your life and make day-to-day tasks difficult and painful. Fortunately, chiropractic care can relieve your symptoms and return you to pain-free living.
If you suffer from hand and wrist pain, Specific Care Chiropractic offers a range of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment options at our location near Coconut Creek. Our doctors and physiotherapists can provide you with a consultation and develop a corrective care plan that is right for you.
Call us to start your Coconut Creek Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve, located inside a channel in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. Specifically, the condition occurs when this nerve, one of the primary nerves to the hand, becomes compressed.
Factors that increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- A traumatic injury, such as a sprain or fracture
- Heredity or anatomical features, such as a small carpal tunnel
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
- An overactive pituitary gland
- An underactive thyroid gland
- Sex (women are three times as likely to suffer from the syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS))
- Pregnancy and menopause
- Chronic illness, including diabetes, kidney failure, and lymphedema
- Medications, such as certain breast cancer drugs
Are There Tasks and Activities That Can Make the Condition Worse?
While carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with frequent computer use and typing, MedlinePlus states there is insufficient evidence to support this link. However, regular use of tools that vibrate or require forceful movements can stress the wrist and cause inflammation in the carpal tunnel, as can repetitive hand and wrist motions. Therefore, certain occupations may put people at greater risk for the condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Interfere With Your Life
In general, carpal tunnel syndrome develops gradually, and its symptoms can come and go. However, the condition can worsen to the point where symptoms are severe and persistent enough that it becomes difficult to work, perform household tasks, or enjoy certain hobbies and activities. Common side effects of carpal tunnel include:
- Numbness, burning, pain, or tingling in the fingers
- Shock-like sensations in the fingers
- Pain and tingling through the forearm and up through the shoulder
- Hand weakness and clumsiness that causes difficulty performing fine motor skills (such as fastening a button) or frequently dropping things
We Can Help You Treat and Manage Your Condition
We want to help you employ non-invasive carpal tunnel treatment methods and avoid surgical intervention. We use various techniques to help you recover from carpal tunnel syndrome, prevent future flare-ups, and manage pain when you feel it coming on. Our team of doctors and physiotherapy specialists may recommend a combination of:
Our team of trained and licensed chiropractors can perform manipulations on your extremities to relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, we can adjust other areas of the body, such as your back and neck, that may be affected by bad posture, occupational strain, or repetitive motions.
If your carpal tunnel symptoms are part of a larger problem, we can use a combination of holistic treatments to address the root cause of your pain. These treatments include but are not limited to ultrasound therapy, massage, and electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy.
Strengthening and Stretching
According to the AAOS, patients can benefit from exercises that help the median nerve move more freely within the carpal tunnel. We can show you how to perform median nerve glides and flexion and extension stretches to increase flexibility and help relieve carpal tunnel symptoms.
While there are no proven methods of preventing carpal tunnel, you can help alleviate symptoms by:
- Improving your posture
- Taking short and frequent breaks to stretch your hands and wrists
- Relaxing your grip
- Keeping your wrists in a relaxed position and your keyboard at elbow height or slightly lower when typing
- Keeping your hands warm if you work in a cold environment
Preparing for Your Coconut Creek Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Early diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome are crucial to addressing the condition before it worsens. We want to help you avoid surgery and start leading a pain-free life. However, we understand it can be intimidating to seek chiropractic care for the first time. You have to visit an unfamiliar office, fill out paperwork, and answer questions about your health.
We want to make the experience as stress-free as possible for our new patients. When you visit our location near Coconut Creek, every member of our team will strive to make you comfortable and answer your questions. Our goal is to provide our patients with genuine and compassionate care.
Our team will examine you during your first visit and take x-rays or other diagnostic imaging to diagnose your carpal tunnel syndrome and its severity. At your second visit, we will discuss your injury and chiropractic care options and provide you with your first treatment. Your next visit will include an overview of your corrective care plan and treatment costs.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans and Offer Flexible Payment Options
We accept Medicare and most insurance plans. If you have questions about your insurance benefits, our office can explain your coverage at no charge. If you do not have insurance, we have a flexible pricing structure that allows you to get the care you need on any budget.
We Work With Attorneys on Workers’ Compensation Claims
If your carpal tunnel syndrome relates to your occupation or a workplace injury, workers’ compensation insurance may cover your treatment. We can work with your lawyer if you are seeking medical benefits through a workers’ compensation claim.
Call Specific Care Chiropractic for a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Consultation
Dr. Jeffrey Peck founded Specific Care Chiropractic in Lee County in 1994. Since then, his practice has grown and Dr. Peck and his team now serve patients at offices in Coral Springs, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples.
We are passionate about holistic, natural healing, and we believe in making chiropractic care available to everyone. You do not have to live with pain and limited mobility. To learn more about our Coconut Creek carpal tunnel syndrome treatments, call our offices at (239) 369-9109. We can answer your questions and schedule your first appointment.