Carpal Tunnel Services from Your Inver Grove Heights Chiropractor
Life is much easier than it was a generation ago thanks to computers, smartphones, and iPads. However, these devices have spawned increasing incidences of carpal tunnel syndrome in Minnesota patients at our Cahill Back & Neck Care Center. Relief is possible thanks to natural treatments available from our Inver Grove Heights chiropractic practice that avoid using surgery or medication.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Overview
This disorder interferes with how a patient uses a hand. It is the result of pressure exerted on the median nerve. The median nerve travels through the carpal tunnel, a space in the wrist, all the way to the hand. It controls thumb movement and feeling. It also regulates finger movement in all except the smallest digit.
Carpal tunnel has several potential causes. The three most common are swelling and subsequent narrowing of the carpal tunnel, wrist injury due to repetitive motions, and inflammation of the nerve.
Symptoms often develop slowly. The most common include:
This disorder can derail normal daily activities such as buttoning clothes, dropping objects, or forming a fist. Typical risk factors include:
- Activities that twist the hand and the wrist
- Working with vibrating tools
- Being a woman
- Carrying extra pounds
- Specific health conditions
Since many people sleep with wrists bent, it is not surprising that the first carpal tunnel signs often appear during the night. As the condition progresses, they develop during the day, sometimes sporadically at first and then more obviously.
Treatment Options Our Practice Offers
Our practice uses only natural therapies to relieve discomfort. In order to help avoid advanced symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important for patients to get a diagnosis and treatment early.
A diagnosis follows a comprehensive physical exam with an evaluation of the individual’s health history and a discussion of complaints and symptoms. Our chiropractor will direct the patient to attempt specific movements and might order X-rays.
Once we have established a carpal tunnel diagnosis, our doctor will determine its cause. Each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to fulfill his or her health needs. It might include any of the following or a combination of them:
- Splinting to immobilize the wrist
- Chiropractic adjustments that correct spinal, wrist, or arm misalignment
- Massage therapy
- Lifestyle changes and ergonomic alterations
It is possible to prevent this disorder by taking breaks often, stretching the hands periodically, and keeping the wrist in a neutral position. Other steps include changing the workspace, practicing good posture, and avoiding repetitive movements of the hands and wrists.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Inver Grove Heights Chiropractic Practice
Are carpal tunnel symptoms interfering with your regular daily routine? Our Inver Grove Heights chiropractic practice can bring relief. Our Cahill Back & Neck Care chiropractor, Dr. Scott Stinson, uses only natural therapies and takes a whole-person approach instead of merely treating a patient’s symptoms. Call us today at 651-451-7222 to schedule an appointment and begin on your path to wellness.