Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Community Health & Wellness Center provides a safe, effective, non-surgical, non-invasive approach for treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful and disabling disorder characterized by inflammation and swelling of the tendons that run through the narrow carpal tunnel in the wrist, and is one of the most common of repetitive stress injuries.
Numbness, tingling, and pain in the base of the thumb and the first three fingers results from the compression of the median nerve that shares the carpal tunnel in the wrist.
How does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develop?
Bending the wrist or moving the fingers brings muscles and tendons into action. For example, when a person bends a finger, the tendon moves about two inches. The tendons of the hand are encased in sheaths, or sleeves through which the tendons slide. The inner wall of the sheaths contains cells that produce a slippery fluid to lubricate the tendons. Lubrication is essential for the normal and smooth functioning of the tendons. With repetitive or excessive movement of the hand, the lubrication system may malfunction. It may not produce enough fluid or it may produce a fluid with poor lubricating qualities. Failure of the lubricating system creates friction between the tendon and its sheath causing inflammation and swelling of the tendon area.
The swelling squeezes the median nerve in the wrist or carpal tunnel. Repeated episodes of inflammation cause fibrous tissue to form. The fibrous tissue thickens the tendon sheath, and hinders tendon movement.
The syndrome, is caused by excessive and unrelieved repetition of movements that in themselves appear innocuous, such as cutting meat or typing on a computer keyboard.
In addition to high frequency of repetition and lack of rest periods, factors that increase risk of hand-wrist damage includes an awkward or unnatural working posture, use of excessive force in performing a task, and emotional stress.
Present traditional medical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically consists of:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Wrist splints
- Rehabilitation through physical therapy
- Stress-reducing techniques at the workplace
Carpal tunnel syndrome is particularly associated with certain tasks including:
- repetitive hand motions
- awkward hand positions
- strong gripping
- mechanical stress on the palm
Symptoms usually begin gradually, and may consist of burning,
tingling, pain, and/or, numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers,
and in the palm of the hand. One can usually relate these symptoms to
some activity that is associated with bending the wrists, such as
knitting, typing, or driving. Frequently, these symptoms will occur
during sleep, when many people sleep with their wrists flexed. As this
disease progresses, one may eventually experience: tingling and numbness
with all finger and hand activities; decreased strength in the hand and
thumb; difficulty in making a fist; and inability to pick up small
objects. If the pressure on the nerve is relieved early enough, the
symptoms will usually be relieved.
Non-surgical Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment at Community Health and Wellness Center includes the integration of low level laser therapy, mechanical and manual traction, acupuncture, and extremity chiropractic adjustment procedures.