A lot of people are diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, each year, with Carpal Tunnel Release being one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. The syndrome, which is characterized as a tingling, numbness, burning, and extreme pain sensations in parts of the hands and wrists, is so common, and yet many of the surgeries performed have been reported to be unsuccessful in treating the disease completely. So what is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, exactly, and is there another way to cure it?
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS?
The narrow passageway located in your wrist is called the carpal tunnel. This “tunnel” allows for the median nerve—which is the nerve that extends from the spine to the hand and links both of them—to pass through it. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, then, occurs when there is a swelling of the carpal tunnel, causing compression to the median nerve, which then results to potentially limiting or cutting off feeling and movement in some portions of the hand. Studies have shown that women are more prone to developing CTS. It is suspected that it may be due to women’s smaller wrist size—therefore having smaller carpal tunnels.
What causes CTS?
Though commonly recurring each year in a lot of patients, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases can be complicated, because it’s often impossible to determine or pinpoint the exact cause. There are studies that indicate how repetitive motion on the hand causes CTS, such as construction and factory work, or even typing. Evidence has also suggested genetics as playing a huge role in its occurrence.
How is CPS treated?
Despite being difficult to diagnose, with some patients even being misdiagnosed with CPS while they are actually suffering from different conditions exhibiting the same symptoms, invasive treatments are currently the major treatment option when it comes to CPS. These methods include injected steroids and even surgery. However, many medical experts are now suggesting another method of treatment for CPS, as nearly half of the invasive treatments done on patients with CPS were unsuccessful.
Chiropractic Treatment for CPS
Chiropractic treatment from a lifestyle management clinic in Dallas, Texas is a non-invasive treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and although many doubt its healing properties, medical studies from organizations such as National Institute of Neurological Disorders, have listed chiropractic as an alternative treatment for CTS. When left untreated, CPS can cause permanent damage to the hand or thumb, however, early diagnosis and treatment can definitely prevent the syndrome from developing. If you think you have CPS, a quick consultation with a chiropractor can offer you the treatment necessary to potentially prevent the symptoms from getting worse or even allow you to avoid surgery.
At Dallas Lifestyle Management Clinic, we offer chiropractic treatment to help alleviate the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other diseases. We also offer spinal decompression therapy for patients suffering from bulging and herniated discs—providing relief from pain and optimal healing experience.