What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results from pressure on the median nerve, which is the primary nerve in the wrist. This condition can cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms in the wrist and hand.
What Are the Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Most people who have carpal tunnel syndrome experience significant pain in the wrist and hand. Sometimes the pain may even extend into the fingers. In some cases, people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome experience weakness in their hands, possibly having a hard time doing things like grasping a pencil or making a fist easily. Carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers may also have numbness or a "pins and needles" sensation in their hands sometimes.
How Can Carpal Tunnel be Treated?
Chiropractic care has proven to be one of the most effective possible ways to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. In many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal misalignment is a major reason that the symptoms develop. Spinal misalignment is corrected by gentle adjustments. The cervical spine is typically the area of focus for carpal tunnel syndrome adjustments. Relief can be quite rapid for many patients, especially if the patient has regular adjustments and makes lifestyle adjustments as recommended by Dr. Allen. Some of the lifestyle adjustments that Dr. Allen recommends may include special exercises and ergonomic devices.
Will Carpal Tunnel Ever Go Away on Its Own?
No, in most cases carpal tunnel syndrome will only get worse if it's ignored. While resting the wrist and hand can be helpful in the temporary alleviation of pain and other symptoms, long-term relief is only possible if the underlying issues are corrected. This is something that is generally only achievable through a targeted spinal adjustment that focuses on the upper cervical spine. Dr. Allen will customize treatment for each patient to make sure that they leave carpal tunnel in their past.