Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is compression of a nerve in your wrist, called the median nerve, as it passes through a bony tunnel in your wrist bones. When this nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel, it can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand and up into your forearm. There are many potential causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be caused by underlying diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or inflammatory arthritis as well as mechanical causes such as trauma to the wrist and repetitive strain.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder, but it is not commonly known that it often can be treated conservatively – without the need for drugs or surgery. If you have carpal tunnel and are hesitant to go under the knife, there are several effective options for you.
Catalyst Chiropractic and Rehabilitation offers effective chiropractic treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist pain in Beaverton OR through a variety of techniques. After a detailed history and thorough examination, our Beaverton chiropractor, Dr. Kip Thompson, will determine which treatments will be most beneficial to you and develop a plan to get you out of pain and back to your best self. Our treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
1. Chiropractic adjustments: The nerves that feed into your hand can be pinched anywhere between the neck and the wrist. Adjustments help to free up any bones that may be causing a nerve interference.
2. Myofascial release: Repetitive stress can cause the muscles in your forearm to become chronically tight. These can be loosened through deep tissue massage, or myofascial release. Dr. Thompson uses special tools to do this in a technique called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM.
3. Cold laser therapy: Low level laser, or cold laser, enhances soft tissue healing in the carpal tunnel by increasing energy production of damaged cells and decreasing inflammation.
4. Therapeutic exercise: Damaged nerves and soft tissues can benefit tremendously from strength and mobility exercises. Dr. Thompson will determine the right exercises for you with a thorough examination, which includes functional screens to determine where your strength or mobility faults are.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist pain in Beaverton OR, our center offers you the latest non-invasive techniques to get you well and keep you well. Contact us today for your appointment. 503-526-8782