French Family Chiropractor Relieve Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
At French Family Chiropractic, located in Clarksville and Erin, Tennessee, we offer pain management treatment of a wide range of physical illnesses using specialized care for lasting relief. Many people may not be aware that chiropractic care can be provided to patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is a condition that arrives in the hand and wrist, usually from repetitive motions. It may seem unconventional to seek treatment from a chiropractor, given that many people associate chiropractic medicine solely with spinal afflictions. French Family Chiropractic provides total body wellness using modern therapeutic approaches.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when there is pressure placed on a nerve in the forearm. This nerve is called the median nerve. It travels in a narrow channel down the forearm into the wrist and hand. This narrow channel is called the Carpal Tunnel. When pressure is applied to the nerve in the carpal tunnel it results in pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness. Several sources of pressure can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Repetitive Motion. With repeated overextension of the wrist, swelling and inflammation can aggravate the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. Activities such as typing, texting, pipetting in a laboratory setting, and piano playing for extended periods can cause CTS.
- Anatomical Anomalies. The structure of the wrist and forearm and the size of the carpal tunnel can contribute to the affliction of CTS. The actual size of a person's carpal tunnel can also be a factor.
- Medical Conditions. Medical conditions that can affect your nervous system or which can cause inflammation can affect your propensity to develop CTS. Obesity can also be a risk factor.
- Gender. More women than men have been diagnosed with CTS.
How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are several things you can do to alleviate the symptoms caused by CTS.
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain reduction medicines can be taken orally. Hot/Cold gels or ointments can be applied topically to ease the pain.
- Wrist splints can be worn to immobilize the wrist and minimize continued and further aggravation.
- Massage and external manipulation can alleviate pressure and reduce inflammation.
- Surgery is also an option but should be considered as a last resort.
French Family Chiropractic is available to meet with you to find relief. Come visit our office, to determine whether chiropractic care is right for you. Let us help you understand CTS and how to manage the pain conservatively and non-invasively. Call (931) 289-5800 (Clarkesville) or (931) 289-5800 (Erin) to schedule your appointment today!