For many people, what started out as an occasional wrist pain has grown to be an everyday experience and they are seeking some kind of relief. After an evaluation, it is often carpal tunnel syndrome that is the culprit. Once diagnosed, it is necessary to treat the disorder as this is something that won't simply go away on its own. In fact, the longer you wait, the more damage you will have, and the greater the pain. If you live in the Fresno and Clovis area and you are considering your options when dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, then contact the Sunnyside Wellness & Chiropractic Center to find out how we can help.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In the center of your wrist, there is a small tunnel that is lined on three sides by tiny bones. The fourth side is covered by strong, fairly inflexible ligament tissue. In all, this leaves an opening of approximately an inch. The median nerve, which travels down the arm and into the hand and fingers, goes through this tunnel. Also in this area are nine tendons that move your fingers. This makes for a crowded area in that one-inch space. At any time, any of the tendons, bones or tissues of this area can become damaged or inflamed. When this happens, the pressure is placed on the median nerve and this causes pain.
What Are the Treatment Options
Treatment for the condition will vary depending on how advanced the carpal tunnel syndrome is. In the early stages, you will be advised to incorporate things like work ergonomics to help ease the strain of repetitive motions. You may have to wear a splint either at night or both night and day to help relieve pressure on the nerve. Taking an NSAID will help reduce inflammation and allow the swelling to go down thus giving the median nerve more room.
A chiropractor can also assist in the chiropractic treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. By manipulating the wrist, arm, and the upper spine, the chiropractor can reduce wrist pain and perform adjustments to correct the alignment within the spine. You may be given some exercises to perform and suggestions for some daily activity changes that will ease the pain. If chiropractic treatment does not resolve the issue, then surgery may be needed.
The surgery required to help with carpal tunnel syndrome involves cutting some of the tendons at the top of the tunnel to open up room for the matter inside the tunnel to move better. Recovery time will vary depending upon what else may be going on, such as arthritis.
Let Us Help
If you are experiencing wrist pain that you suspect might be related to carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our Fresno office today to set up an evaluation. The experienced staff here at Sunnyside Wellness & Chiropractic Center understands that your hands are used in almost everything you do and the pain can make every day torture to get through. It does not have to be like this forever, call us today for help.