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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Hand Pain

Office worker wrist painAlthough there are myriad types of hand injuries with different causes, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand injuries. Those with CTS often experience pain, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand.

Why Does CTS or Other Hand Pain Occur?

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. People who use their hands for repetitive movements such as using a mouse at their workstation for many hours a day, playing video games constantly or texting frequently may develop CTS.

Other sprain/strain types of injuries also occur to the hands and wrists during day-to-day living as well as falls, accidents or sports injuries. The same nerves that exit the cervico-thoracic spine (primarily the radial, median and ulnar nerve) travel from the base of the neck and upper back through the shoulders, elbows and wrists.

Often, those same nerves can be irritated causing muscular spasms and guarding along the shoulder and down the arm and into the hands. That sometimes can be expressed as numbness and tingling.

How Chiropractic May Help

Chiropractic care focuses on relieving pressure on the nerve. Dr. Brown can gently manipulate your wrist or elbow. We usually can treat CTS if it’s not too advanced to the degree that it would require surgery. If we think that it’s necessary we will refer patients to a surgeon.

Postsurgical Benefits of Chiropractic

If you do end up needing surgery for CTS, chiropractic can be helpful afterward by making sure the joints and the surrounding soft tissue are at maximum capacity and aligned where they’re supposed to be.

3 Tips for Preventing CTS

#1. Take frequent breaks.

Slowly stretch and bend your hands and wrists periodically. Alternate tasks whenever you can.

#2. Watch your form.

Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down. Maintaining a relaxed middle position is ideal. Keep your keyboard at elbow height or slightly lower.

#3. Hold your computer mouse properly.

Avoid gripping the mouse too tightly, which can cause pressure, pain and injury. Try to be relaxed and keep your wrist in a neutral position.

Book an Appointment

If you have hand pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, contact us today. We want to help address your injury and restore function.

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