Do you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome? Below are some of the most common questions we receive about this debilitating condition from patients in our Florham Park clinic.
The carpal tunnel is the space within your wrist between the fibrous tissue and bone. Usually, these tissues protect and support the wrist joint. However, if they become inflamed or moved out of place, they can place pressure on the median nerve, which runs through the wrist to connect the fingers with the arm and shoulder. This may develop into carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Because carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by repetitive strain such as assembly line work or typing at a computer, it is frequently classified as a work injury. However, CTS may also be a type of sports injury due to repetitive strains involved racquet sports, body building, golf, rock climbing, and archery.
Other risks factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome complain of tingling, numbness, or pain along the pathway of the median nerve, especially in their fingers or wrist.
There are conventional treatments available, including medication, wrist braces, and surgery. However, these treatments may not provide effective relief for every patient. Nearly a third of patients who undergo surgery for CTS require revision surgery.
If you are looking for a safe, noninvasive approach to treating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, consider seeing a chiropractor. Many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have experienced significant relief through chiropractic care. Clinical trials have shown these treatments to be effective.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Rivano uses several evidence-based treatments for patients with CTS, including Active Release Technique, EPAT treatment, cold laser therapy and more. These techniques are used to relieve pressure on the irritated median nerve, allowing it to heal. Dr. Rivano can also provide advice regarding work ergonomics and at-home stretching to prevent future wrist pain.
Don't let carpal tunnel syndrome impede your ability to work or participate in a favorite sport. Contact Rivano Chiropractic Health Center for effective relief of carpal tunnel syndrome in Florham Park, NJ.
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