How a Chiropractor Can Help Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury characterized by pain/numbness in the wrist, arms, and hands. This condition is usually caused by forearm and wrist musculature being overworked and causing damage or pressure to the nerves that pass through the wrist. It's often known as an overuse disorder, as it can be caused by poor ergonomics and spending too long at a keyboard. Often, carpal tunnel symptoms are actually caused by neck problems that impinge the median nerve where it leaves the neck which then gives numbness in the first 3 fingers, just like true carpal tunnel.
Independence, KS chiropractor Bret Kelley treats carpal tunnel syndrome by manipulating the wrist, arm, and the cervical spine to help reduce pressure on nerves and relieve pain. Chiropractors will generally recommend wrist supports to help protect the wrist while it's healing, as well. Manual therapy, dry needling other techniques may also be useful to treat pressure points and help encourage recovery.