Are you struggling to manage your carpal tunnel symptoms? Visiting your Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors, Dr. Doug Newcomb and Dr. Brent Newcomb of Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic may offer a simple way to ease your pain.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Your median nerve travels from your arm to your hand through a tunnel made up of small bones in your wrist. Narrowing of this tunnel, known as the "carpal" tunnel, causes pressure on the nerve. When the nerve is compressed, you may experience these carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:
- Pain in your wrist, forearm, thumb, middle, index, or ring fingers
- Weakness in your hand
- Tingling, numbness, or burning sensations
- Difficulty gripping or holding objects
- Hot or cold feeling in your hands
- Electric shock sensations in your wrist or hands
- Tightness or swelling in your hands
You may be more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome if you participate in activities that require repetitive hand movements, like playing a musical instrument, working on an assembly line, typing, sewing, or golfing. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, previous wrist injuries, and smoking. Your risk of the syndrome may be higher if you have diabetes, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis.
How your chiropractor treats your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms
During your visit to the Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractic office, your doctor will ask about your medical history, job, hobbies, and symptoms. This information will help them develop an effective treatment plan for your condition.
Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome may involve spinal manipulation to realign the vertebrae in your spine, as a misalignment could be a contributing factor in carpal tunnel syndrome. During spinal manipulation treatment, your chiropractor uses quick thrusts with their hand or an activator to realign your vertebrae. Manipulation of your wrist and elbow may also be helpful.
Massaging your hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, and neck relaxes your muscles and may help reduce pain, numbness, and inflammation. Ultrasound therapy may also be part of your treatment plan. The treatment uses sound waves to promote healing, relax tight tissues, increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation. Between visits, wrist supports and exercises will help you keep your symptoms under control.
Would you like to relieve your carpal tunnel pain naturally? Call your chiropractors in Broken Arrow, OK, Dr. Doug Newcomb and Dr. Brent Newcomb of Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic, at (918) 251-4239 to schedule your appointment.