Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Dr. Conner Cuevas

Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Seattle, WA

The carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as the median nerve compression syndrome, is a frequently observed entrapment neuropathy. It comes with a range of symptoms, including stabbing sensations, numbness, moderate pain, weakness and limited hand movements. 

Almost 3 to 6 percent of people have carpal tunnel in Seattle, WA. If left untreated, it may get worse and require endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Carpal tunnel Seattle, WA center brings you a highly skilled carpal tunnel chiropractor.

WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL?

Surrounded by various bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a slender passageway in the wrist joint. It is the compression of the median nerve that is called carpal tunnel syndrome. The pinched nerve leads to numbness, tingling and possible weakness in the hand and arm. Various factors lead to carpal tunnel in Seattle, including your wrist anatomy.

SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome present a wide array of symptoms that may fade away after some time. Symptoms develop slowly but should not be ignored.

If you don’t seek chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome on time, the symptoms may reappear and persist for a longer time. The common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

  • A weakness of hand muscles with limited movements and coordination.
  • Stabbing sensations in the fingers.
  • Pain and tingling sensation radiating to the tips of your fingers.
  • Radiating pain towards the shoulder and forearm.
  • Slower nerve impulses and numbness in the hand.
  • Loss of gripping movements and coordination.

CAUSES OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Irritation or compression of the median nerve is the primary cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Several risk factors are involved in the pinching of the nerve. Here are the common carpal tunnel causes:

  • Swollen carpal tunnel space.
  • Pressure on your median nerve.
  • Medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.
  • Repetitive wrist movements like typing, involving extreme flexion or extension.
  • Hereditary disease passing into offsprings.

How Our Divine Spine Chiropractic Studio Can Help in Carpal Tunnel in Seattle, WA

Divine Spine Chiropractic Studio has hundreds of satisfied patients across Seattle, WA. It offers top-notch medical facilities and is the best place for chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel. Dr. Conner Cuevas is a highly skilled chiropractor for carpal syndrome. He has been practicing at Divine Spine Chiropractic Studio for over ten years. 

Understanding the possible underlying causes is essential for effectively treating the carpal syndrome. Divine Spine Chiropractic Studio serves the following cities.

  • Ballard
  • Fremont
  • Queen Anne
  • Magnolia

Call us today to fix a meeting and learn more about managing the symptoms of carpal tunnel.

CARPAL TUNNEL TREATMENT IN Seattle, WA

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes severe pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome includes deep friction massage and spinal manipulation and often provides immediate pain relief.

However, most patients rely on traditional home remedies to alleviate pain. These include immersing your wrist in warm water or placing an ice pad over it. Taking frequent short breaks to rest your hands may also help relieve pain. Other treatment options carpal tunnel specialists adopt are:

Non-surgical Treatment

  • Bracing or splinting of wrists
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen
  • Nerve gliding exercises
  • Steroid injections

Surgical/Medical  Treatment

  • Cortisone injections
  • Open carpal tunnel release surgery
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery

Endoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Release: The Advanced Technique

Surgical treatment of carpal tunnel involves cutting the ligament squeezing the median nerve to relieve the pressure. In endoscopic carpal tunnel release, surgeons use an endoscope to view the inside of your carpal tunnel and guide a tool to cut the  ligaments squeezing the median nerve.

Endoscopic surgery is better than open surgery as it causes lesser pain during the first week after surgery, and promotes a faster recovery.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Are Seattle Chiropractors good for carpal tunnel?

Seattle, WA chiropractors are well-known carpal tunnel specialists. They have seen thousands of patients with different medical histories. Chiropractors for carpal tunnel generally provide immediate pain relief and full recovery from the painful symptoms. You should consult a chiropractor before the syndrome progresses into a chronic stage.

How I cured my carpal tunnel naturally?

Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel offers a natural way of accelerating the healing process. While home remedies can help provide pain relief, it is better to consult your chiropractor for better relief. They will not only treat the condition, but also advise on how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Is carpal tunnel considered nerve damage?

No, the carpal syndrome doesn’t mean nerve damage. It results from the squeezing or compression of the median nerve. However, ignoring carpal tunnel syndrome and delaying chiropractic treatment may lead to irreversible nerve damage. Therefore, you should seek chiropractic care for carpal tunnel if you notice any of the symptoms listed above.

Can you fix carpal tunnel without surgery?

Yes, you can fix carpal tunnel through natural and non-surgical procedures during its early phase. Deep friction massage and nerve gliding exercises help in reducing pain. However, if the condition becomes chronic and complicated, you will have to undergo surgical treatment procedures. So, you shouldn’t leave your carpal syndrome untreated even if the symptoms disappear in the beginning.

What can be mistaken for a carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel shares many common symptoms with certain other diseases affecting the joints. It is often misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, wrist tendonitis, and thoracic outlet syndrome. Therefore, it is essential to consult an experienced chiropractor and have a proper diagnosis to avoid further complexities.

How do I know if it’s carpal tunnel or arthritis?

Although carpal tunnel and arthritis share many symptoms, they develop due to entirely different reasons. Taking tests and consulting a carpal tunnel specialist is necessary for an accurate diagnosis. In arthritis, inflammation of the wrist joint results in excruciating pain. In contrast, carpal syndrome occurs due to the median nerve’s compression and produces tingling sensations in the fingers.

What are the warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Some of the most common warning signs of carpal syndrome are numbness and clumsiness in hand. Your grip weakens, and you may have difficulty in holding things. You may also be unable to button or unbutton your shirt. Shock-like waves may creep through your forearm towards your shoulder.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Almost all basic insurance schemes cover the treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. For further clarification, you can contact your carpal tunnel specialist who will let you know whether your insurance plan covers chiropractic care for a carpal tunnel condition or not.

How long does carpal tunnel usually last?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel usually last for a couple of months if you start the treatment at the onset of the condition. If left untreated, severe pinching of the median nerve can lead to weakness of the hand muscles. In this case, symptoms may last for six months or longer.

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