You need your hands to do your job, look after your family, and engage in relaxing, enjoyable hobbies. A nerve condition like carpal tunnel syndrome makes it much harder, if not outright impossible, to do all of the things you need to do.
If you live in Weston, our carpal tunnel syndrome treatment team is eager to meet with you. Call Specific Care Chiropractic at (239) 369-9109 to find out more and book your first appointment. The sooner we get started, the sooner you can get your life back.
Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from your arm to your fingers, is “compressed.” This can happen if you:
- Overuse your hands (e.g., by typing on the computer all day without breaks)
- Suffer a wrist injury
- Have a bone disease, like arthritis
- Experience hormonal imbalances or changes
Fortunately, there are many different kinds of treatments available for those diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. We can select the treatment that is right for you based on:
- The cause of your pain: We can provide a diagnosis that confirms you have carpal tunnel syndrome and/or another condition.
- Your overall health: Some treatments require a certain level of physical fitness, while others do not. Similarly, some treatments are unsafe to try on those with certain conditions. We can meet you where you are as we plan your treatment.
- Your personal preference: If there is more than one treatment option available to you, feel free to select the one that sounds best.
Specific Care Chiropractic offers two general “types” of treatment: physiotherapy and chiropractic adjustments. We may use either type or a combination of both in your treatment plan.
Physiotherapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Physiotherapy focuses on helping a patient increase their own strength and ability to heal. This enables you to feel better without having to rely on medication or consider more extreme options, like surgery.
We offer several types of physiotherapy, including:
- Rehabilitative exercises, so you can regain flexibility if you have lost range of motion in your hand or wrist
- Strength-building exercises, if you have lost strength in your hand from not using it as much due to the pain
- Massage therapy, where we massage your hand, wrist, or arm to ease tension and reduce pain
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM), where we use very small electric pulses to encourage faster healing and regeneration of healthy tissue
- Ultrasound therapy, where we use soundwaves to penetrate the injured tissue and reduce symptoms while promoting recovery
Chiropractic Adjustments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chiropractic adjustments are often associated with adjustments of the spine—in fact, they are often called spinal manipulations. However, we can also adjust other joints, such as your wrists, that are causing problems.
During a chiropractic adjustment session, all you have to do is lie still and let one of our trained, licensed medical professionals manipulate your wrist. This treatment can relieve pain and realign the parts in your wrist so there is less pressure on the median nerve.
How Long Carpal Tunnel Treatment Lasts
The treatment process for carpal tunnel syndrome involves several rehabilitation phases. How long each phase lasts depends on the severity of your condition, how fast you respond to treatment, if you experience any setbacks, and so on. Our team serving Weston can guide you through:
The Acute Phase
When you come to us, you are in pain and want fast relief. We devote our initial efforts to treating carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. By the time we move on to addressing the root cause, you will feel better, and you will be ready to “graduate” to other levels or forms of therapy.
The Rehabilitation Phase
Carpal tunnel can do considerable damage to your hands and wrist. If you need help rebuilding flexibility after a bout with carpal tunnel syndrome, we can prescribe therapies that get you back to where you were before.
The Strengthening Phase
Now that you are feeling better, you can start building your strength back up. Not only can this rebuild any muscle strength you lost during your recovery, but it can also prevent future cases of carpal tunnel by improving the area’s overall health.
The Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) Phase
This phase signals the end of your treatment. You have improved as much as you can with the therapy you have selected.
What should you do after reaching MMI? In the best-case scenario, you can go home and focus on keeping your wrist and hand as healthy as they are now. If you have not improved as much as you hoped, talk to us about other treatment options. Our goal is to help you get better, no matter how long it takes.
What Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Feels Like
How do you know if your pain is from carpal tunnel syndrome and not from something else? According to Mayo Clinic, carpal tunnel symptoms include:
- Tingling: You may develop a “pins and needles” sensation in your fingers and hand.
- Numbness: Carpal tunnel can cause you to lose feeling in your fingers.
- Weakness: You may have difficulty grasping objects, and you may find yourself dropping things more often than you used to do.
Bear in mind that everyone experiences the condition differently, so you may exhibit all or only a few of the symptoms listed above. Additionally, these symptoms could be caused by something other than carpal tunnel syndrome. Only a doctor can tell for sure why you are having pain.
Carpal tunnel symptoms can get worse if you do not treat them. You may even be left with permanent numbness and nerve damage. If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome, please do not hesitate to reach out and get help from Specific Care Chiropractic.
We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and More
You do not have to tolerate or work around your carpal tunnel syndrome. Specific Care Chiropractic can provide all of the treatment you need to enjoy a pain-free life. Book an appointment with us by calling (239) 369-9109. Our offices serve Weston and many other South Florida communities.