Carpal Tunnel Pain
Carpal Tunnel Pain (otherwise known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) occurs when the nerve running from the forearm to the hand is compressed or "squeezed" in your wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the palm side of your wrist where nerve and tendons connect.
The structure of your wrist, health issues (diabetes, arthritis, obesity, fluid retention, etc.), and repetitive movements can all contribute to Carpal Tunnel.
Symptoms usually start gradually with tingling or numbness in your thumb, index, and middle fingers. These symptoms come and go but often worsen at night when many people sleep with flexed wrists, compressing the nerve further. The tingling and numbness can grow to pain and discomfort that also affects the wrist and palm and radiates up the arm. Sometimes people experience sharp pain like an electric shock in their fingers. Carpal Tunnel can even result in weakness in the hand, making you prone to drop objects.
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A recent study of the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy on carpal tunnel syndrome found that laser therapy significantly improves hand grip and other measures of healing in carpal tunnel syndrome patients. Laser therapy reduces the inflammation, stimulates cell health, and increases blood flow: all essential to relieving pain and helping to avoid the need for surgery.
Laser Therapy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It is important to treat carpal tunnel syndrome as soon as possible. Traditional treatments include plenty of rest for the joint (sometimes including splinting the wrist at night to prevent flexion), over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid shots, and even surgery. However, our goal at Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic is to relieve your pain and heal your joint without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic Care and Carpal Tunnel
Chiropractic Care optimizes the biomechanics of your spine, ensuring the vertebrae are correctly positioned and moving well to relieve pressure from the nerves supplying your wrist.
Physical Therapy and Carpal Tunnel
Physical Therapy following a structured plan for gentle stretching and strengthening of your wrist can also help ease Carpal Tunnel.