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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Back Clinic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Team. This is a condition involving numerous symptoms affecting the hands and wrists. This painful condition is caused when the median nerve, found within the wrist’s carpal tunnel and other tendons in hand become compressed. Trauma from an accident to the hand or wrist and/or overuse from repetitive activities, such as constant typing on a keyboard, are common reasons carpal tunnel syndrome develops.

The added pressure begins to irritate and compress the median nerve, leading to impairing pain symptoms, among others. The most common symptoms include pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and weakness on the hands, wrists, and forearms. Pain and numbness in these areas are usually intense. The discomfort from these symptoms can affect an individual’s everyday lifestyle.

Gripping objects may become difficult as carpal tunnel syndrome progresses over time due to loss of muscle strength. The tingling sensations radiating from the hand are often described as a feeling of pins and needles through the hands, wrists, and forearms.


Control Carpal Tunnel Pain While Driving

Control Carpal Tunnel Pain While Driving

One area to consider is driving. When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome pain most individuals think about keyboard typing, as the source of arm, wrist, and hand pain. This is true, but carpal tunnel can develop from:
  • Any repetitive motion
  • Gripping
  • Bending at the wrist
  • Vibrations going through the wrist
Long-distance truckers, those who drive for business or regular long pleasure trips on winding mountain roads can take a toll on the muscles, tendons, ligaments of the arms and hands. Combining a regular job, stacking, scanning, lifting, and typing away most of the day, then long commutes, and weekends driving around, an individual can begin to present with arm, hand, and finger pain.  
 

Signs and Symptoms

Carpal tunnel can sneak up when least expected. Most individuals begin to feel a burning, tingling, or numbness in the thumb and first two fingers, and for some, the palm, as well. Discomfort or pain usually presents at night and in the morning. If the condition becomes worse, individuals often feel the need to shake out the hand or wrists, trying to bring relief from the pain and tightness. It can affect one hand or both hands. The pain can continue to increase and climb up the arm. Then normal tasks like pumping gas or writing with a pen become unbearable.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve controls the sensations to the palm, the thumb, and the four fingers of the hand. The nerve runs through a small passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Swelling or thickening of the tendons narrow the tight space and irritate the nerve.  
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Diagnosis

There are different ways to diagnose the condition. To avoid damaging the median nerve, it is important to get a diagnosis as early as possible.
  • A doctor or chiropractor may order orthopedic or neurological testing.
  • They might perform a nerve conduction study, where small electrodes are placed on the wrists and fingers, then small amounts of electrical current are run through the electrodes.
  • The speed at which the nerves transmit the electric conduction is measured.

Treatment

The most common treatment is complete rest of the affected hand/s and wrist/s for fourteen to twenty-one days. Other treatments include:
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Stretches for the hands, arms, and wrists.
  • Strengthening exercises for the hands, arms, and wrists.
 

There is Still Pain At Night or When Driving

This is common and in many cases is brought on from bending the wrist. Recommended tips to help ease the pain of carpal tunnel include:
  • Stretch hands and arms before driving
  • Position hands at 3 and 9 o�clock on the wheel
  • Wear a brace that will keep the wrist and hand straight
  • Keep hands warm by wearing driving gloves
  • Apply pain ointment/cream before driving and keep on hand
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Chiropractic Help

A chiropractor is a highly trained specialist in the entire body’s musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic treatment can help avoid developing chronic pain and surgery in the future. Correcting subluxations and restoring optimal blood and nerve energy flow in the arms, hands, and rest of the body is the objective. Chiropractic investigates and treats the compression of nerves anywhere in the body, including the forearm and wrist. Realigning the spine, shoulder, elbow, and wrist, blood circulation and nerve impulses will flow freely once again. A chiropractor could also recommend: The treatment plan will depend on each individual’s unique case and circumstances. At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic, we care about each individual’s situation and are committed to doing whatever it takes to alleviate the pain and get the individual back to optimal health.

Body Composition


 

Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

All plant-based foods are generally a combination of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a gel substance when it passes through the gastrointestinal tract. Foods high in soluble fiber include:
  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Oat products
Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. The term roughage generally refers to this type. Roughage speeds up transition time in the digestive system. This is the basis for eating more insoluble fiber, to prevent constipation by helping food move through the system. Foods high in insoluble fiber include:
  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole-grain couscous

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Office Work: Posture, and Preventing Carpal Tunnel through Chiropractic

Office Work: Posture, and Preventing Carpal Tunnel through Chiropractic

Chiropractic works great for neck and back problems, but it is highly effective for the entire body. Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is becoming a widespread health issue with so many working on computers, devices, phones, etc. Chiropractic is perfect for treating CTS. It relieves pain, loosens/stretches the ligaments, and promotes healing without meds. �

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is diagnosed as a repetitive stress injury. This is a condition that affects the hands and wrists. The most common symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in the middle, index, and thumb
  • Pain in the wrist/hand
  • Gets worse at night

It is found in:

  • Hairdressers
  • Office workers – typing, writing, filing, etc.
  • Mechanics
  • Cashiers
  • Those who perform repetitive hand motions throughout the day

It is estimated that around 3% of adults will deal with CTS at some time in their lives. Around 50 percent of workplace injuries are attributed to CTS. Research has shown that job occupation plays a large role in how it develops. �

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The carpal tunnel lies on the front side of the wrist. Here is where the blood vessels, nerves, and tendons necessary for the hand to move and work reside. The carpal tunnel can become inflamed, damaged, or strained with added pressure on the area compressing the arteries and nerves. This is when CTS develops. It starts slowly with symptoms gradually worsening as the condition progresses.

How chiropractic helps

There are 3 primary ways that chiropractors treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Manual Adjustment of the:

  • Upper spine
  • Arm
  • Wrist

If the spine is out of alignment it could contribute and exacerbate the carpal tunnel. Chiropractic utilizes spinal manipulation to realign the spine to its correct position. These adjustments are performed by hand, but special devices, instruments, tools, rollers, etc, could be used during the treatments. A chiropractor will make adjustments to the arm and wrist, as well. �

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses low energy sound or high energy sound. The sound waves are highly focused and penetrate the body�s tissue at a very deep level. These waves are quite effective in reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and relaxing the muscles. It could be used as a stand-alone treatment or along with chiropractic treatment. �

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Wrist Supports

Wrist supports are used to keep the wrist properly aligned with the rest of the arm to reduce pressure and compression. It can be used as a preventative measure against carpal tunnel. A chiropractor could go with this option if the individual does repetitive work that could contribute to the condition. �

This is usually done in conjunction with regular chiropractic care. When treating carpal tunnel, a chiropractor could suggest certain therapeutic exercises and a dietary change to help promote optimal wellness. This is to help the individual get the most benefits from the treatment and to help prevent the condition from worsening, as well as, other conditions.

Posture

Proper posture is essential for optimal health, well being, can help avoid age-related conditions and allows the organs room to operate properly and efficiently. Posture can be affected in different ways. Sustaining an injury is one in which the body compensates by listing to one side or hunching over to relieve the pain.

Another reason is slouching. Those of us that just don�t stand and sit up straight through bad habits, lack of exercise, improper diet, medication, and the list goes on and on. Whatever the reason, poor posture will gradually lead to:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Increased risk of injury
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Decreased mobility

It can cause the body to age quicker. However, in most cases, even those with extremely poor posture can find help and return to a high quality of life. Chiropractic has shown to help many regain a straight, healthy posture.

Postural Conditions

There are postural conditions that chiropractic is very helpful in alleviating, include:

  • Pelvic unleveling
  • Damage to the low back, mid-back, and neck
  • Forward head posture – usually associated with mobile devices
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis

Treatment

A chiropractor will:

  • Discuss the problem/s you are experiencing
  • Listen to the complaints
  • Find out when the problem started
  • Go through events or work that could have contributed to the problem
  • Thoroughly evaluate the medical history
  • Observe the way you sit, walk, bend, and move around

A chiropractor will request x-rays and assess the alignment of the spine. If necessary a neurological or orthopedic test could be done to ensure that there is no underlying condition or injury that is causing the problem.

They will ask you to stand straight and possibly take measurements to determine if there is any visible deviation from the optimum posture. They will then ask you to move and bend while they test the range of motion, mobility, flexibility along with muscle strength and length. �

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Posture Plan

Once the assessments are complete the chiropractor will discuss the best treatment option available. They will walk you through the adjustments that will be performed along with other therapies they might recommend. The best course of action to relieve any pain will be discussed, as well as get your spine into proper alignment improving posture. They will also talk to you about stretching exercises and things to do at home. They could also discuss:

  • Sleep positions
  • Diet
  • Work area adjustments
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss

Chiropractic focuses on whole-body treatment. This means addressing lifestyle changes and getting the individual into optimal shape. Basic chiropractic adjustments can help improve posture within a few sessions.

After the body is in alignment you will feel more energetic, healthier, and happier. The body is an intricate machine and when one part is out of order it begins to affect all the other parts. Chiropractic can improve overall health and wellness. We want to get your body functioning more effectively and efficiently and feeling better.


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Working With an Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse El Paso, TX.

Working With an Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse El Paso, TX.

Keyboards and mice come in all sorts of colors and styles, which is great but for those that work on a computer for a job, using the right type is essential to prevent injury keeping the hands, wrists, and arms healthy and moving.

Overuse can cause painful musculoskeletal disorders like:

There are a variety of ergonomic designs for these devices. Keyboard designs include four separate key areas:

  • The alphanumeric area with letters, numbers, and control keys
  • An area with cursor keys
  • Numeric keypad
  • Function keys or the ‘F’ keys

 

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Keyboard Key Combinations or The Mouse

Basic typing and many other actions can be performed on the keyboard using the:

  • Function keys
  • Cursor keys
  • Control keys
  • Keyboard macros

Pretty much all of these actions can be done with the mouse. Many users operate the computer with the mouse instead of using the key combinations.

To obtain correct posture when working align the center of your body with the center of the keyboard area used the most or during a task.

Keyboard Layout

The layout follows the original ASDF design from the first typewriter.

From the beginning of this design, there was a realization that angling and splitting the keys would reduce the bending of the hands. The first split keyboard typewriter was manufactured in 1886.

The idea of splitting and angling the keys was implemented into ergonomic keyboard designs with the alphanumeric keys being separated at an angle into two sloped sections. For a� non-touch typist, this can be difficult to use, as some keyboards only angle the keys without splitting into halves.

The split design reduces the sideways bending of the hand but also important is the reduction of vertical bending.

However, this can be overcome by taking some simple steps like:

  • Flattening the keyboard feet on the desk can keep the hands flat
  • Putting the keyboard on a vertical tilted tray can also help improve the hands’ posture
  • Keyboards are available in left and right-handed styles

 

Lady sitting with proper posture at office desk

Choosing a Mouse

The shape along with the location of the mouse in relation to the keyboard is important for maintaining a healthy hand posture. Here are some considerations when choosing a mouse. The mouse buttons should:

  1. Have easy clickability
  2. Is easy to move around/feels natural
  3. The screen cursor should move accurately with your movements

There are mice with programmable buttons allowing you to control additional functions. Important things to check:

  • Make sure the size and shape of the mouse feels natural in your hand
  • Hold the mouse in a neutral position meaning your hand should not be bent up, down or sideways
  • Position and operate the mouse with your upper arm relaxed and close to your body, and don’t reach too far forward or too far out to the side

There are keyboards with a separate numeric pad that allows the mouse to be located closer to the keyboard. Some keyboards include a cursor positioning device like a trackball, touchpoint or touchpad. These types eliminate having to reach for a mouse. However, it is a good practice to mix it up using the keyboard for certain operations and the mouse for others. This allows different muscles and ligaments to work while the others take a break.

 

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The Ideal Setup

All keyboards and mice are designed differently. The key is to find well-made products that are built with ergonomic injury prevention as the focus. You can use trackballs, touchpads, and pen mice instead of a regular mouse.

Find what works for you, is ergonomic, comfortable and easy to use and will keep your hands in a neutral posture. If you do a lot of typing and mouse movement, your hands are going to get tired even with top designed keyboards and mice. Take frequent short rest and stretch breaks to let your muscles recover. The stretching exercises should include the:

  • Wrist
  • Forearm muscles
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Upper back muscles

Working like this will protect you against over-use injuries.


Carpal Tunnel Chiropractic Treatment

 


 

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Chiropractic care is one of the most common forms of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Foremost, a doctor of chiropractic will evaluate the extent of the condition as well as diagnose the individual to determine any underlying cause behind the condition. Through a series of chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations, the hand, wrist, and arm are adjusted to reduce the pressure around the median nerve, and ultimately reducing the symptoms.

 

Carpal Tunnel Sufferers Get Relief With Chiropractic

Carpal Tunnel Sufferers Get Relief With Chiropractic

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a condition where the nerve that runs from the forearm into the hand gets compressed. Carpal tunnel can cause significant pain and result in numbness that makes using your hand practically impossible.

Carpal tunnel affects�approximately 3% of the population. Carpal tunnel sufferers, fortunately, there are effective treatments that do not require surgery. Chiropractic care can help relieve the pain of carpal tunnel, and can often improve mobility and range of motion in the process.

What is it?

The term �carpal tunnel� refers to an actual tunnel created by ligaments and bones in the wrist. Tendons and median nerves travel from the forearm through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and into the hand. When the median nerve becomes compressed inside the carpal tunnel�usually due to injury or inflammation�it can lead to the symptoms associated with CTS.

The Causes

The exact cause of CTS is not always easy to identify, but there are many factors that can play a role. A family history of CTS makes it more likely that you will develop the condition. Repetitive work, such as a job on an assembly line, is known to increase the risk of CTS. Wrist injuries can also cause carpal tunnel. There are other contributing factors that are not as obvious, such as pregnancy, menopause, and dialysis.

Symptoms

The first signs of carpal tunnel often include a feeling of pins and needles in the wrist, hands, and fingers. You may notice some numbness from time to time, especially after using the wrist in a way that causes compression�like performing a task over and over at work.

Over time, the symptoms can become more severe. Eventually, carpal tunnel can lead to a loss of coordination with the thumb, then other digits. Pain may not be significant at first, but tends to get worse and the condition progresses.

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Chiropractic Can Help

Standard medical treatments for carpal tunnel include using anti-inflammatory drugs, refraining from using the wrist/hand, wearing a splint and eventually surgery. While these treatments can sometimes be effective, the risks associated with surgery are significant. Carpal tunnel surgery may or may not fix the problem, and as with any surgery, can sometimes cause more issues than it helps.

Learning to Protect Yourself

Chiropractic care offers a safe alternative to standard medical care, one that is non-invasive and minimizes the need for medications and their potential side effects. Chiropractic treatments for carpal tunnel can help to reduce inflammation and minimize pain. But chiropractic goes further than just treating the symptoms�it can also help you avoid aggravating the condition so that it can heal.

Chiropractors are trained in proper movement and ergonomics. Your chiropractor can help you understand what you are doing that is causing the carpal tunnel to begin with. He or she can also advise you on ways to adjust your movements to protect your wrists moving forward. You may be able to learn new ways of doing things that will allow you to achieve your goals without risking injury.

Getting Stronger

One of the fundamentals of chiropractic care is improving strength and mobility to aid in healing and protect from further injury. Your chiropractor can guide you through exercises to make you stronger. Once you know how to do the exercises, you can do them at home to continue to gain strength.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Due to his significant craftsmanship in San Antonio, TX, Ottis Hamlet must largely rely on the use of his best tools: his hands. Unfortunately, Mr. Hamlet developed debilitating symptoms in both of his arms because of carpal tunnel syndrome, which dramatically impacted his capacity to participate in his occupation and therefore affecting his quality of life as a result. Ottis Hamlet was able to find relief for his hand and wrist pain with Dr. Alex Jimenez through a trip to El Paso, TX and he received chiropractic treatment for his carpal tunnel syndrome, preventing the need to undergo any surgical interventions.

Carpal Tunnel Chiropractic Treatment

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition resulting from the compression of the nerve that travels via the wrist and in the lymph nodes. Typical symptoms include pain, tingling sensations and numbness, at the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of this ring fingers. Symptoms normally begin gradually and may continue throughout the day. Symptoms may stretch throughout the arm and also diminished grip power may also happen. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be diagnosed according to its symptoms.

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(CTS) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help�In El Paso, TX.

(CTS) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help�In El Paso, TX.

Many people think of chiropractic as a treatment for neck and back problems, but in truth it is a whole body wellness practice and the neck and back are just one aspect. One application that is garnering a great deal of attention is the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Chiropractic is an effective, non-invasive treatment for CTS, relieving the pain and promoting healing without the use of medications. There are three ways the chiropractic has been proven to be effective in the treatment of CTS.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury, a condition that affects the hands and wrists. The most common symptoms include tingling, numbness, and weakness in the middle finger, index finger, and thumb as well as pain in the wrist or hand that gets worse at night.

It is typically found in hairdressers, typists, mechanics, cashiers, and other people who perform repetitive hand motions for long periods of time and it is estimated that about 3 percent of adults in the United States will deal with CTS at some time in their lives.

About 50 percent of workplace injuries in the United States are attributed to CTS. There was a time when it was believed to affect women more than men, but research has shown that a person�s occupation plays a large part in how it is contracted and gender only plays a small role � if any at all.

The carpal tunnel is a band of fibrous tissue that lies on the front side of the wrist. It holds the blood vessels, nerves, and tendons that are necessary for the hand to move and work as it should. When that carpal tunnel becomes inflamed, damaged, or pressure on that area compresses the arteries and nerves, CTS develops. It usually starts slowly and the symptoms gradually worsen as the condition progresses.

cts carpal tunnel syndrome el paso tx.How Chiropractic Helps CTS/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are three primary ways that chiropractors treat CTS. These three common treatments have been shown to be very effective in treating the pain and the condition as a whole.

Adjustments of the upper spine, arm, and wrist � When the spine is not in alignment, it could exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome. A chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to realign the spine to its correct position. These manipulations, or adjustments, are often performed by hand, but at times he or she may use special devices or a special table made specifically for chiropractic treatments. In addition to the spine, the chiropractor may make adjustments to other areas of the body such as the arm and wrist.

Ultrasound therapy � This is another type of therapy employed by chiropractors. It uses low energy sound or high energy sound � both outside the range of a human�s ability to hear. The device that is used emits these sound waves that are extremely focused and penetrate the body�s tissue at a very deep level. These sound waves can be very effective in reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and relaxing muscles. It may be used as a stand-alone treatment or with chiropractic treatments.

Wrist Supports � The purpose of wrist supports is to keep the wrist properly aligned with the rest of the arm to reduce pressure and compression. It is often used as a preventative measure against carpal tunnel. The chiropractor may choose this option if the patient does repetitive work that may cause the condition. This is often combined with regular chiropractic treatments such as spinal alignment and is used to prevent conditions such as CTS from developing.

When treating carpal tunnel, the chiropractor may also suggest specific exercises as well as a dietary program to promote overall wellness. This is intended to keep the patient from experiencing carpal tunnel as well as other conditions.

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Carpal Tunnel Pain Treatment El Paso, TX | Ottis Hamlet

Carpal Tunnel Pain Treatment El Paso, TX | Ottis Hamlet

Carpal Tunnel Pain: Ottis Hamlet depends largely on the use of his hands to carry out his important craftsmanship in the city of San Antonio, TX. However, Mr. Hamlet developed painful symptoms in both of his arms as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome, which tremendously affected his ability to engage in his job. Fortunately, Ottis Hamlet met Dr. Alex Jimenez during a visit to El Paso, TX and he received chiropractic treatment for his carpal tunnel syndrome, avoiding the need for surgery.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition caused by the compression of the median nerve which travels through the wrist and into the carpal tunnel. Common symptoms include pain, tingling sensations and numbness, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers. Symptoms normally start gradually and during the evening. Symptoms can extend throughout the arm and weakened grip strength may also occur. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be diagnosed based on symptoms.

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4 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sufferers

4 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sufferers

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects many people in the United States. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion such as assembly line work, and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist. While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option.

Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care Is Documented To Work On Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

While there are no guarantees that any one mode of treatment will work on every person, two studies have shown strong results that back the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on CTS.

In both cases, the majority of participants showed significant improvement in several measures such as range of motion, finger sensation, and pain reduction. These studies provide evidence to people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients can feel confident in improving their symptoms when choosing to pursue a chiropractor’s care.

Chiropractors Provide A Less Invasive Treatment Option.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly cases that have gone undiagnosed or treated for an extended period of time, that ends up being too painful and advanced to be handled with medicine may face surgery. However, chiropractic care often helps minimize that option as a last resort. Regular visits to a chiropractor can show positive results in the controlling and healing of many of the CTS symptoms.

Chiropractic Care Offers An Alternative To Drugs To Manage Pain

As with surgery, daily doses of medicine may be a less than ideal plan when managing carpal tunnel syndrome. Certain patients may suffer from issues with the medicine, CTS medicines may conflict with other medication, or they may simply not want to take daily medications.

If medicinal treatment is not an attractive option, a chiropractor appointment is the next logical step. Chiropractic care often helps CTS by adjusting the patient’s elbow and spine.

Another common treatment is bracing. This technique limits the hand’s movements with the goal of allowing the wrist and tendons to heal and recover.

A chiropractor who is experienced with carpal tunnel syndrome is able to review each case individually and make solid treatment recommendations that can alleviate the patient’s dependence on managing the pain with drugs.

Allows Patients To Learn How To Manage Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Unfortunately, health problems that produce chronic pain can take a toll on the patient not only physically, but psychologically. Dealing with CTS can make a person feel powerless over their own body. Working with a chiropractor to relieve, control, and heal the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome empowers the patient to be able to feel ownership of managing and improving his or her health.

Workers who perform repetitive tasks daily as part of their job need to be especially aware of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Feeling pain, numbness, tingling, or burning in their palms or fingers may be the first symptoms of CTS. The earlier it’s diagnosed, the more effective less-invasive treatment will be.

Of all the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment choices, chiropractic care offers the dual benefits of being a highly effective treatment while still employing tactics that are not as invasive as other options. If you or a loved one are suffering from this condition, give us a call. We�re here to help!

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Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates.

Researchers found that physical therapy improved hand and wrist function and reduced pain as effectively as a standard operation for the condition. Moreover, after one month, physical therapy patients reported better results than those who underwent surgery.

“We believe that physical therapy should be the first therapeutic option for almost all patients with this condition,” said lead study author Cesar Fernandez de las Penas. “If conservative treatment fails, then surgery would be the next option,” said de las Penas, a professor of physical therapy at King Juan Carlos University in Alcorcon, Spain.

Also, one extra benefit of therapy over surgery may be cost savings, he noted.

Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes squeezed at the wrist. It often arises from repetitive motions required for work, such as computer use or assembly line work. Symptoms usually start gradually, with patients noticing numbness and weakness in the hand and wrist.

Surgery for the condition generally involves cutting a ligament around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Results of Physical Therapy vs Surgery

For this study, de las Penas and his colleagues followed 100 women from Madrid who had carpal tunnel syndrome. Half were treated with physical therapy and half underwent surgery.

For three weeks, the therapy patients received weekly half-hour manual therapy sessions — meaning therapists only used their hands. The therapists focused on the neck and the median nerve. They also applied manual physical therapy to the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and fingers. On their own, patients performed neck-stretching exercises at home.

After one month, the therapy group reported greater daily function and greater “pinch strength” between the thumb and forefinger compared to the surgery patients. After three, six and 12 months, however, improvements were similar in both groups. All participants experienced similar reductions in pain.

Study co-author Joshua Cleland is a professor with the physical therapy program at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. “Manual physical therapy may be just as beneficial in improving function and symptom severity as surgery despite the severity of their condition,” he said, noting that 38 percent of those in the therapy group had “severe” carpal tunnel syndrome.

“These manual physical therapy techniques are commonly used here in the United States as well and should become a standard of practice for physical therapists working with patients who have carpal tunnel syndrome,” Cleland said.

Dr. Daniel Polatsch is co-director of the New York Hand and Wrist Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He treats several hundred cases of carpal tunnel syndrome each year, of which 15 to 20 percent require surgery. Treatment should be decided on a case-by-case basis, Polatsch said. Mild cases may be treated with conservative approaches that can include splinting, injections, therapy and activity modification, he added.

“Surgery is necessary when there is muscle weakness or atrophy from the nerve being compressed at the wrist,” he said.

Polatsch added that this type of surgery is generally safe and effective.

Still, operations can have complications, said Cleland. He cited a previous research finding that “approximately 25 percent of individuals undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome experience treatment failure with half of those requiring an additional surgical procedure.”

According to the researchers, almost half of all work-related injuries are linked to carpal tunnel syndrome. And, more than one-third who undergo surgery for the condition are not back at work eight weeks later.

Because this was a small study focusing only on women, the study authors said that future studies need to examine men.

The study results were published in the March issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

SOURCES: Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, P.T., Ph.D., professor, physical therapy, King Juan Carlos University, Alcorcon, Spain; Joshua Cleland, P.T., Ph.D., professor, physical therapy program, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, N.H.; Daniel Polatsch, M.D., co-director, New York Hand and Wrist Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; March 2017, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

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Additional Topics: Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the median nerve, found between the forearm and the palm of the hand, becomes compressed at the wrist, can be treated in a variety of ways, including physical therapy and even surgery. New research has also determined that chiropractic care can be effective towards treating carpal tunnel syndrome and its symptoms. Chiropractor utilize manual manipulations to relieve the painful symptoms.

 

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Tingling & Hand Numbness

Tingling & Hand Numbness

Numbness & Tingling

Numbness in any portion of the hand or in specific fingers, followed by a tingling sensation and sharp pain traveling through the hands can occur as a result of various underlying conditions. Many people report symptoms suggesting the development of carpal tunnel syndrome but, although diagnosis might indicate the cause for the condition, sometimes a diagnosis could point to the incorrect root of the problem.

The median nerve and various other tendons travel from the forearm to the hand through a small indentation in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. The role of the median nerve is to provide movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers, excluding the smallest finger in the hand. When an individual begins experiencing the associated symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand, these could be the result to an impingement of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel, generally caused by irritation on the nerves of the wrist.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Although many people could experience numbness in their fingers, the compression could be occurring at another region within the body. Regardless of the cause of your symptoms, if you�re experienced numbness in the hands and fingers, you should consider seeking chiropractic care.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by an impingement of the median nerve found at the wrist, usually causing symptoms of hand and finger numbness, tingling sensations, weakness, and pain. But, occasionally, the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by complications to the spine, generally the cervical spine. For more information on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

Carpal Tunnel & Chiropractic

Carpal Tunnel & Chiropractic

After being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, it�s associated symptoms are often a cause for anyone to seek immediate medical attention. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused when the median nerve, found within the carpal tunnel of the wrist, is compressed as a result of irritation, inflammation, or other underlying condition, and is characterized by symptoms of numbness and tingling sensations, weakness, and pain in part of the hand or certain fingers.

Natural Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Although carpal tunnel syndrome is well-known as a complication of the wrist, spinal chiropractic adjustments can help with the condition. In fact, many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome can relate to complications on the cervical spine or neck. The median nerve or other nerves that travel through the hands may be impinged at the wrist but those same nerves originate from the neck. Any spinal complication causing a subluxation or misalignment of the spine, restricted mobility in the vertebra, or direct trauma from an injury to the spine, can interfere with the nerve impulse transmissions that trail down the arms and into the hands. A neck issue as the origin of carpal tunnel syndrome can commonly be determined when both hands are affected by the condition and its symptoms.

Preventing Workplace Pain

 

A chiropractor can help diagnose the source of an individual�s carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine will gradually assist to re-align the spine and slowly release compression of the nerves that could be occurring on the spine.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is most commonly a condition affecting the median nerve at the wrist but most frequently, this condition could be caused by spinal complications. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome and its symptoms by progressively re-aligning the spine through spine adjustments in order to release the compression of the nerves at the level of the spine that could be resulting in numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and fingers. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition involving numerous symptoms affecting the hands and wrists. This painful condition is caused when the median nerve, found within the carpal tunnel of the wrist along with other tendons in the hand, becomes compressed.

The median nerve functions by controlling nerve sensations and impulses from the palm area of the fingers and the thumb as well as to the muscles in the hand, providing feeling and movement. When the tendons become irritated, causing inflammation and swelling, an impingement of the median nerve occurs, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. The pinched nerve may then develop a variety of symptoms most commonly associated to the condition.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - El Paso Chiropractor

Trauma from an accident to the hand or wrist and/or overuse from repetitive activities, such as constant typing on a keyboard, are common reasons carpal tunnel syndrome develops. The added pressure begins to irritate and compress the median nerve, leading to the impairing symptoms of pain, among others.

The most common symptoms include pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and weakness on the hands, wrists, and forearms. Pain and numbness in these areas is usually intense. The discomfort from these symptoms can affect an individual�s everyday lifestyles. Gripping objects may become difficult as carpal tunnel syndrome progresses over time due to loss of muscle strength. The tingling sensations radiating from the hand is often described as a feeling of �pins and needles� through the hands, wrists, and forearms.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

After a long day of work, it�s not uncommon for people to experience symptoms of pain and discomfort throughout their body. In today�s world, however, everyday activities, such as typing and texting, can often cause more than temporary soreness on the extremities. The repetitive movements of the wrist over time may irritate the surrounding tissues, leading to damage, injury, and even the development of uncomfortable conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequently diagnosed medical condition, characterized by pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the hand and arm. The well-known condition develops when one of the major nerves which runs through the hand, medically referred to as the median nerve, is compressed or impinged as it travels through the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway within the wrist that is surrounded by rigid tissues, making it minimally capable of stretching or increasing in size.

The median nerve originates from a bundle of nerve roots found in the neck. These roots merge into a single nerve in the arm, where it then travels down the arm and forearm, passing through the carpal tunnel at the wrist and into the hand. This main nerve functions to provide feeling in the thumb and index, middle and ring fingers. The median nerve is also in charge of controlling the muscles around the base of the thumb.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition which may occur due to a variety of factors. With constant overuse of the hand and wrist, the repeated motions or activities may result to irritation on the tendons in the wrist, causing inflammation and swelling to begin applying pressure against the nerve. Additionally, participating in activities which involve an excessive flexion or extension of the hand and wrist for extended periods of time can also increase pressure on the median nerve. On occasion, hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy can cause swelling. In other cases, the presence of previous conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, among other, can also be closely associated with median nerve compression. Furthermore, carpal tunnel syndrome is believed to be caused by hereditary traits. For some people, the carpal tunnel passage may be smaller than average and/or other anatomical differences can in turn change the amount of space between the narrow passageway and the median nerve, leaving people at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Research shows that women and older individuals have a higher chance of developing this uncomfortable condition.

Fortunately, whether you plan to prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome or you�ve been recently diagnosed with the condition, there are several effective treatment options available to relieve the painful symptoms and restore the individuals original hand, wrist and arm function.

Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic care is one of the most common forms of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Foremost, a doctor of chiropractic, or DC, will evaluate the extent of the condition as well as diagnose the individual to determine any underlying cause behind the condition. After diagnosis, the chiropractor will follow up with an appropriate treatment regimen for the individual, according to their specific needs. Through a series of chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations, the structures surrounding the hand, wrist and arm can be slowly adjusted to gradually reduce the pressure around the median nerve, ultimately reducing the individual�s symptoms. The chiropractor may also recommend a set of stretches and exercises to carefully restore the individual�s mobility and rehabilitate them back into their original state of well-being.

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The repetitive movements of the wrist over time may irritate the surrounding tissues, leading to damage, injury, and even the development of uncomfortable conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. For more information, please feel free to contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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