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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed or irritated. At TexStar Chiropractic, we are passionate about finding conservative approaches to prevent unnecessary surgeries. Dr. Ryan Woods of TexStar’s Buda location shares how non-surgical methods can often provide effective relief and correction. He also explores the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and discusses TexStar’s non-surgical approach to managing and alleviating its symptoms.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive Movements: Performing repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing, using a computer mouse, or assembly line work, can contribute to the development of CTS over time.
- Wrist Position: Incorrect wrist positioning during activities that involve flexing or extending the wrist for prolonged periods can increase pressure on the median nerve, leading to CTS.
- Nerve Impingement: Structural misalignments in the arm and wrist can put pressure on the median nerve. When this occurs, nerve function is lessened beyond that point and common sensations of pain, numbness, and tingling occur in the hand and fingers.
Non-Surgical Relief and Correction Methods
- Wrist Splints and Bracing: Wearing a wrist splint or brace can help alleviate symptoms by keeping the wrist in a neutral position, reducing pressure on the median nerve. Using these devices during activities that exacerbate symptoms, as well as during sleep, can provide significant relief.
- Ergonomic Adjustments: Making ergonomic modifications to your workspace and daily activities can help prevent and manage carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes using ergonomic keyboards and mice, maintaining proper posture, taking regular breaks, and using wrist supports.
- Targeted Exercises: Our doctors are trained at recommending targeted exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles in the hand, wrist, and forearm can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall hand and wrist function.
- Structural Correction: Doctor’s of Chiropractic are skilled at correcting underlying causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and correcting misaligned bones that may be putting pressure on the median nerve.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause significant discomfort and interfere with daily activities, but surgery isn’t always the best solution. Non-surgical approaches can provide effective relief and correction for many individuals. By understanding the causes of CTS and implementing non-surgical methods such as wrist splints, ergonomic adjustments, physical therapy, pain management, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can find relief and prevent further progression of the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, we would love to meet with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.