Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common problem involving the wrists and hands. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness in the thumb, index or middle finger.
It is usually found in people who perform repetitive motions with the hands such as typists, checkout staff, hairdressers and mechanics. CTS accounts for up to 50 percent of American workplace injuries and three per cent of American adults will suffer from CTS at some point in their life.
Traditionally Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been managed by medical doctors through administration of anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Advil, splinting, corticosteroid injections and finally surgery.
However, there is a more conservative and, many say, a more effective way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – chiropractic care.
Typically, the chiropractic treatment for CTS includes treating both the affected are such as the wrist and elbow as well as aligning your upper spine. Chiropractors, including Dr. Cory Koch at Chiropractic Lifestyle in Olathe, begin with joint manipulation or mobilization, which helps the joints in the wrists to move freely. Misalignment in the spine does contribute to symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Dr. Koch performs adjustments that aim to correct improper alignment in your spine that aids in your CTS recovery.
Other treatment options offered include soft tissue treatments which release muscle tension and remove adhesions which may be impinging on the nerves, exercises specifically designed to minimize muscle strain and improve small muscle strength, nutritional advice, and suggestions on modifying the work environment to prevent over use.
If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fill out the form on the right hand side of this page or call Chiropractic Lifestyle at 913-768-0000 to make an examination appointment.