Carpal Tunnel Treatment from Your Chiropractor in Harrisonburg, VA
Our growing dependence on electronic devices such as computers and cell phones has unfortunately brought physical discomfort with it. As the speed of sharing information increases, so does the collection of symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. An increasing number of affected patients appear for treatment at our Shenandoah Chiropractic practice in Harrisonburg, VA. Our chiropractor offers them relief using natural therapies that avoid medication or surgery.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The source of discomfort sufferers experience is the median nerve. It arises in the cervical spine, then extends through the wrist’s carpal tunnel. Our chiropractor notes that when the resulting syndrome goes without treatment, it can permanently damage the thumb or hand affected.
The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb plus movement of all fingers except for the smallest one. Discomfort occurs when it is subject to excessive pressure most commonly caused by:
- Median nerve inflammation
- Injury to the wrist linked to repetitive use
- Swelling prior to tunnel narrowing
For some sufferers, everyday tasks such as getting dressed are eventually impossible. More common symptoms include sensations of pain, numbness, burning, or tingling and a reduction in grip strength.
Risk factors include:
- Motions that twist the wrist and hand
- Excessive body weight
- Being female
- Certain health disorders
- Use of devices that vibrate
Most patients experience initial symptoms while sleeping at night. Daytime symptoms are likely to develop over time.
Treatment from Our Practice
According to our chiropractor, the best outcome for a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when we can render early diagnosis and treatment. An initial consultation includes a comprehensive physical exam, any helpful imaging, and an assessment of the individual’s health history and complaints.
After identifying the cause of the patient’s symptoms, our doctor creates an individualized treatment plan to eliminate it rather than merely treating the symptoms. All plans include only therapies that are natural and noninvasive.
For many patients, a chiropractic adjustment corrects a back or a neck misalignment. A combination of these manipulations with physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and stretching is often beneficial. Our doctor also provides advice on helpful lifestyle and ergonomic changes.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Harrisonburg, VA Chiropractor
Are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome causing you discomfort? Do not suffer needlessly when relief is possible with the natural, noninvasive treatment options chiropractic offers. Our Shenandoah Chiropractic practice in Harrisonburg, VA focuses on helping each patient achieve his or her individual wellness goals. Start on your wellness journey by calling us today at 540-564-6735 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractor, Dr. Patrick Keefe