Do you have wrist pain? Although there were doubtless earlier cases, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was first completely described in modern times, after World War ll. While causation from increased computer activities has not been conclusively proven, CTS has been linked to repetitive manual and wrist motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome involves the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist in the carpal tunnel. Other risk factors may include rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, genetics, and gender. Some three times more women than men suffer carpal tunnel syndrome. There are other causes of wrist pain, of course. Core Chiropractic, serving the Jacksonville area, including Julington Creek and Mandarin, can help determine the cause of your pain and the best course of treatment.
Is Surgery Necessary?
One in ten people are estimated by neurologists to become afflicted with wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome in their lifetime. The number of surgeries performed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome has increased dramatically. But there are very successful techniques for treating CTS that does not involve surgery. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends trying nonsurgical therapies first. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports that less than half of patients' hands feel completely normal after surgery. Other techniques and exercises have often produced completely positive results.
Noninvasive Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief
First, wearing a brace (or splinting) can be beneficial. This is a noninvasive solution that reduces the amount your wrist can bend. It often reduces the pain and weakness as well. Core Chiropractic, your Jacksonville chiropractor, also recommends specific manipulations and exercises that can relieve the pain and improve the condition. Manual manipulation can be utilized to realign the affected joints and bones. Various massage techniques can relax the inflamed tendons and muscles of the hand and wrist. Your Jacksonville chiropractor can prescribe and teach you these key methods for healing CTS. Again, as part of the idea of holistic treatment, a program of exercises and stretches for the entire body may be recommended, with emphasis on the area of wrist pain.
Call Your Jacksonville Chiropractor Today!
Chiropractic adjustments may help as well. The nerves in your spine reach out to every part of your body, including your wrists. The first key step is to see your Jacksonville chiropractor for a consultation. As in all holistic medicine, the chiropractor will want to assess your total condition. All wrist or hand pain is not carpal tunnel syndrome. Other factors may be involved. For that reason, it is best to perform a complete assessment. Contact us today at Core Chiropractic, serving the Jacksonville area, including Fruit Cove, Julington Creek, Mandarin, Durbin and Bartram Park, to set up your consultation appointment.