Carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with people who work with computers or play video games for extended amounts of time, but this type of injury stems from several causal factors. At its core, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is nerve compression in the wrist, specifically on the median nerve, which can happen based on the patient’s hand anatomy or lifestyle.
If you or a loved one developed this injury and the pain will not go away, our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic want to help alleviate your symptoms. We offer carpal tunnel syndrome treatment in Coral Springs, and we’re conveniently located on University Drive near the Coral Square Mall. We can review your condition and help you restore your hand’s function.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Coral Spring chiropractors.
Lifestyle and Anatomic Factors Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
While many people attribute carpal tunnel syndrome to computer-related work (e.g., using a computer mouse eight hours a day), there is an insufficient amount of evidence to correlate computer activity with the injury, according to Mayo Clinic. However, actual causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Your wrist or hand anatomy, especially if you are predisposed to developing arthritis
- Illnesses that can cause nerve damage, such as diabetes
- Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Other chronic conditions, such as thyroid disorders or kidney failure
- Certain medications, such as medications to treat breast cancer
Women are also more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to anatomical factors and being more likely to develop the conditions mentioned above. Pregnant women may also develop the injury due to high fluid retention, which can irritate the median nerve in the hand.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Stiffness in the hand
- Muscle weakness, which can affect your gripping ability
- Numbness in the hand or fingers
- Tingling in the hand or fingers
- Discomfort or pain
If your pain stems further from your hand or wrist, there may be other complications taking place. Our physician will conduct examinations to identify the cause of your condition before administering treatment.
Types of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Coral Springs
When you come in for your appointment, one of the first steps we’ll take to assess your carpal tunnel syndrome may involve taking an X-ray of the affected area to determine its severity. We may suggest other imaging exams if we suspect nerve damage or other complications.
Once we review the results of your diagnostic tests, we will build a treatment plan that targets the affected area and encourages better mobility. We offer various types of physiotherapies, so your carpal tunnel syndrome treatment may involve:
Chiropractic Adjustments on Your Extremities
Our Coral Springs chiropractors are trained and licensed to perform extremity manipulation, which involves making quick but forceful thrusts to manipulate your joints. Chiropractic adjustments on the wrist using active release techniques have been shown to be an effective pain management treatment strategy for people who have carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.
If your pain or discomfort reaches other parts of your body, such as your neck from bad posture working at an office desk, then one of our physicians will also use other adjustment techniques to relieve your pain and realign your spinal cord. This type of procedure often requires multiple sessions so that corrective care can be performed as your body goes through rehab.
Physiotherapy is another treatment method we offer, which can help your overall posture if your carpal tunnel syndrome is just a symptom of a greater issue. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we use a holistic approach to treating our patients in that we aim to target the root source of your pain and discomfort that you can instill better habits into your lifestyle.
Some of our physiotherapy treatments include:
- Massage therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
- Corrective care
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Because carpal tunnel syndrome tends to cause stiffness and tension in the wrist and hand, another focal point of your treatment plan may involve teaching you exercises you can practice at home when you have a pain flare-up.
Some of these stretching and strengthening exercises include:
Median Nerve Glides
This exercise lightly stretches the median nerve. Patients form a fist with their hand, then open their hands so that their fingers point straight up, and their thumb extends outward. Patients then lean their hand back on their wrist, then glide their hand forward as if holding a tray. Finally, patients extend their arm straight downward.
This exercise involves both hands. The patient first positions their hand in front of them as if to tell someone “stop.” Using their other hand, they then gently pull their palm back and hold it in this stretched position for 15 seconds.
This exercise is similar to the extension stretch, but the patient positions their arm down while bending their hand so that it is parallel to the ground. Using their other hand, they pull back on the palm and hold it in this stretched position for 15 seconds.
These exercises are meant to be practiced for a few minutes a day to keep the wrists and hands flexible. Our physicians can show you how to perform these and other forms of gliding/stretching exercises to relieve your condition.
Get Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Coral Springs
If you or a loved one developed carpal tunnel syndrome and now live with chronic pain in your wrists and other parts of your body, our physicians at Specific Care Chiropractic want to treat your injury. We can review the severity of your condition and create a treatment plan that focuses on regaining your hand function and reducing your pain.
Call our team at (239) 932-5314 to schedule an appointment at our Coral Springs office.