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Carpal tunnel treatment options

Read about carpal tunnel symdrome, its causes, and symptoms here.

How do I get a carpal tunnel diagnosis (in the Metro-Detroit area)?

Inexpensive carpal tunnel splints are available for purchase online. Evaluation by a professional is recommended before using.

In medicine, carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by a number of health care providers. Primary care medical providers, orthopedists, and neurologists are the most common.

These providers may take an x-ray of the wrist and hand. Or they might order something called a nerve conduction test to find out which nerve in the hand may be involved.

If there are other problems in the hand or arm that has CTS, then the doctor may order an MRI.

If the doctor can move and stress your wrist in certain positions and causes carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, then you may get a diagnosis of CTS without an x-ray, MRI, or nerve conduction test.

At our Auburn Hills chiropractic practice, we limit our diagnosis to subluxations of the spinal column. However, we can test your wrist in all of the same ways and let you know if another doctor would consider your symptoms carpal tunnel syndrome.

What else could be causing my carpal tunnel problems?

There are other conditions that affect your wrist, besides carpal tunnel syndrome. Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain thyroid problems could be causing CTS like symptoms. Any body process that causes you to retain water could be the culprit. This includes pregnancy, heart or kidney disease.

What are my carpal tunnel treatment options?

In theĀ  Auburn Hills, and Oakland County, MI area there are a number of different options you tunnel syndrome-like symptoms.

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

The most invasive is carpal tunnel surgery. Surgery slices the tissue of the carpal tunnel in order to create more space for the nerves and blood vessels going from the forearm to the hand. There are open surgical procedures, and there are endoscopic surgical procedures.

Many people respond positively to surgery, but it is difficult to tell who will respond well.

All surgeries have risks. There are some complications for carpal tunnel surgery, including:

  • the feeling of pins and needles in the hands,
  • injuries to the palm,
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy,
  • and loss of strength.

If you have a job with repetitive stress to the hand and wrist, surgery may not be the best option. The conditions that lead to the CTS are still going to be present. Also, the stress that caused CTS may also be causing neck, shoulder, and elbow problems as well. They won’t be helped by a carpal tunnel surgery.

Medications for carpal tunnel syndrome

Anti-inflammatory medications are often recommended for CTS. The hope is to decrease the inflammation in the carpal tunnel, after which the symptoms may go away on their own. Steroid injections are often recommended as store brands are not believed to be helpful.

Splints for carpal tunnel syndrome

Splinting the wrist to reduce motion and stop flexion is one of the most recommended options for CTS. Anything that limits the movement of the wrist is an option too. For example, if typing leads to CTS symptoms, then typing should be reduced or avoided to reduce the inflammation in the carpal tunnel.

Nutritional options

Evidence suggests that vitamin B deficiencies play a role in nerve pain, and can play a role with true carpal tunnel syndrome. Results may take several months with vitamin B supplementation.

Chiropractic and carpal tunnel syndrome

Some medical sources say that chiropractic is not a known help for those with carpal tunnel syndrome. But that has more to do with a lack of funding for chiropractic research than it does lack of results.

There are no large-scale trials examining chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome. But there are plenty of case studies and reports from patients showing improvement under chiropractic care.

There are very important reasons why nerve pain in the hands, from CTS or another condition should get attention from a chiropractor. And upper cervical chiropractic care like we practice at Life In Alignment Chiropractic in Auburn Hills, MI is often a top choice among patients looking for non-surgical options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Keep reading why in our next article on the neck’s involvement in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why Patients Love Our Chiropractic Care

Upper cervical chiropractic at Life In Alignment is different. And different is good.

Fewer adjustments

Fewer adjustments

There are common patterns to spinal breakdown that must be corrected for the best changes in symptoms. We focus on the areas that get the most return on your investment.

Results you can see

Results you can see

All healing takes time. But outside evidence of positive inside changes should be quick in coming. View images from the before and after gallery to see what kind of results you might be able to see in your own spine.

What you need meets what you want

What you need meets what you want

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