Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), causes a number of symptoms, some or all of which can be present in a patient with the problem. Pain in the affected wrist and numbness, tingling or burning, often accompanied by weakness in the hand and wrist, are all common and can radiate up into the lower arm, making daily tasks at home or work both difficult and painful. CTS is a condition that Dr. of Chiropractic, Gus Gunther, frequently sees at Balance Chiropractic in Epping, Sydney. To arrange an appointment with Dr Gunther for a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and a treatment plan designed for your specific needs, call him today on (02) 9868 2509.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel?
Often thought to be a problem experienced by people who have jobs that demand repetitive movements , for example assembly line workers or check-out workers in supermarket stores, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by a number of factors. These include accidents, injuries, a pre- existing medical condition such as diabetes or hypothyroidism or simply having a narrower than average Carpal Tunnel to begin with.
Chiropractic, The Gentle Alternative
Chiropractic intervention makes a real difference to patients, both in terms of relief of pain and in the strength and mobility of hand and wrist.
Chiropractic is both beneficial and cost-effective as a conservative option and an alternative to surgery to relieve the problem of the trapped median nerve that passes through the narrow passageway between arm and hand at the wrist, called the Carpal Tunnel. For those who cannot take Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory pain medications and for those with manual jobs that they cannot afford to take time off from, conservative care from your GP may run out of options. Anti- inflammatory medications, together with immobilization of the wrist, are the main lines of treatment. Chiropractic, on the other hand, offers a gentle alternative. Once the tests and questions in his initial assessment are done Dr Gunther can accurately diagnose the root cause of your CTS and take action with a program of gentle manipulation and mobilization to relieve pain and the symptoms of weakness and numbness you are experiencing and relieve pressure on the trapped median nerve. In addition, he may: • Give advice on strengthening exercises you can do at home • Advise you to rest the hand and wrist affected by the problem • Advise you to try to avoid those activities that make things worse – although this is not easy if your work is causing the problem • Give advice on diet and vitamin supplementation as research and controlled studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin B6 can help to relieve the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Advise on correct movement and posture to prevent a recurrence of symptoms
Take Early Action!
Taking early action before the symptoms become debilitating is essential. Early symptoms often begin with waking in the night with ‘pins and needles’ or numbness in the affected hand. Get Chiropractic help before the symptoms progress to the point where you need medication to help with the pain or you are finding your work or leisure activities difficult because of weakness and discomfort. Phone Balance Chiropractic on (02) 9868 2509 and arrange a consultation today.