WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL?
Much like how spinal bones can pinch nerves in your back, the bones in your wrist can also compress nerves, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. While surgery is a commonly chosen treatment, chiropractors have effectively addressed this issue through non-surgical techniques, which include adjusting the wrist bones.
Considering that surgical interventions can cost between $5,000 and $12,000 and often don’t fully alleviate symptoms, an increasing number of people are opting for more conservative treatment options. If you’re uncertain about which treatment path to take, this brief article aims to offer general insights into the various solutions available for those dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Many people experiencing wrist discomfort often don’t recognize the distinct symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition commonly arises from the compression of the median nerve in the wrist, leading to symptoms like a burning sensation, tingling, or even perceived swelling from the thumb to the third finger. Patients frequently note a newfound weakness in the affected hand and some even feel as though their hand is swelling when it’s not visibly so.
Identifying the root cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is often challenging. Some people recall a specific wrist injury that seemed to trigger the symptoms, while others point to occupational factors—particularly jobs requiring repetitive hand and wrist movements or the use of vibrating tools. Metabolic imbalances involving the thyroid and pituitary glands can also play a role.
Often, the symptoms initially appear in one’s dominant hand but can eventually affect both hands. The condition is nearly three times more prevalent in women than in men. Many healthcare providers focus solely on symptom relief rather than addressing the underlying issue. It’s noteworthy that individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms often have related nerve irritation originating from the spine, which could explain why nearly 40% of carpal tunnel surgeries don’t achieve the desired outcome.
For more information about our chiropractic services at our Jacksonville or Orange Park locations, or to discuss your concerns further, feel free to contact us at Meridian Integrative Wellness.
BEST TREATMENTS FOR CARPAL TUNNEL
Determining the most effective treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome depends on identifying the root cause. Generally, it’s advisable to start with less invasive and more cost-effective options like spinal adjustments. Many patients report significant symptom relief after such treatments, in contrast to those who opt for medication or decompression surgeries, who often find that their symptoms return shortly thereafter.
A qualified chiropractor should conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition and create a tailored treatment plan that aligns with your needs. If the symptoms continue, further adjustments to the wrist bones and treatments targeting the adjacent tissues are frequently explored.
We recognize that choosing a treatment path for carpal tunnel syndrome can be overwhelming. For more guidance and information, reach out to Meridian Integrative Wellness today to arrange a consultation.