Did you know that compression of nerves in the wrist can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, similar to how nerves can become pinched in the back by spinal bones?
While surgical intervention is a common choice for treatment, Dr. Acton at Acton Family Chiropractic in Asheville, NC has achieved success in managing carpal tunnel syndrome through non-invasive adjustments of the wrist bones.
Surgical procedures for carpal tunnel syndrome can cost between $6,000 and $11,000, and they only result in complete symptom resolution in less than 60% of cases. As a result, many individuals are opting for a more conservative approach to their care. To provide general information about carpal tunnel syndrome and alternative treatment options, the doctors at Acton Family Chiropractic have prepared this informative article.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME IN ASHEVILLE, NC
Patients frequently visit our clinic with wrist pain and questions about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically, when the median nerve becomes compressed due to swelling and misalignment of the wrist bones, patients experience sensations of burning, pain, tingling, or swelling that extend from the first to the third digit and the thumb. Weakness in the affected hand or difficulty in picking up small objects are common complaints. Some individuals may even perceive a sensation of swelling in the hand caused by the compression of the median nerve, even if no visible swelling is present.
In addition to understanding the symptoms, patients often wonder about the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. In many cases, the exact cause is not entirely clear. However, some patients can recall a wrist injury that led to the development of symptoms shortly after. Certain occupations that involve prolonged use of vibrating instruments and repetitive hand and wrist movements have been linked to the condition. Metabolic disorders involving the pituitary and thyroid gland can also contribute to its development.
While carpal tunnel syndrome typically starts in the dominant hand depending on the activity, it is not uncommon for symptoms to appear in both hands. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals focus solely on the site of pain, overlooking the underlying issue. Research has shown that individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms often have nerve irritation originating from the spine. This explains why carpal tunnel decompression surgeries are unsuccessful in approximately 40% of cases. While the condition is more prevalent in the dominant hand, it is nearly three times more common in women due to the size of the carpal tunnel itself.
The most suitable treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends largely on the underlying cause. As with most conditions, starting with a non-invasive and cost-effective approach is advised. While prescription medications, decompression surgeries, and physical therapy may offer temporary relief, symptoms often return without addressing nerve interference in the spine. At Acton Family Chiropractic, Dr. Acton will evaluate your condition and create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Many patients experience significant improvements in their symptoms following spinal adjustments. If symptoms persist, adjustments to the wrist bones and therapies targeting the surrounding tissues may be considered.
At Acton Family Chiropractic in Asheville, NC, we understand that deciding how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome can be challenging. If you would like more information or wish to schedule a consultation, please contact our clinic today.
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