Carpal Tunnel Treatment with our Odessa Chiropractor
Information access has never been faster, thanks to electronic devices such as iPads, computers, and smartphones. Unfortunately, it has resulted in the increasing appearance of carpal tunnel syndrome in patients seen at The Back Pain Institute of West Texas by our chiropractor in Odessa. We offer sufferers relief using natural carpal tunnel treatment options that avoid medication or surgery.
Overview of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel is a disorder that affects the use of the hand. It results from pressure exerted on the median nerve, which travels through the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is a passage within the wrist. The median nerve extends to the hand itself. It is responsible for controlling movement and feeling in the thumb plus movement of all fingers except the smallest one.
Several factors can cause this disorder. The most common are carpal tunnel narrowing due to swelling, injury to a wrist from repetitive movements, and nerve inflammation. Our Odessa chiropractor notes that for many patients, symptoms appear slowly and include pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in the thumb or any finger with the exception of the pinkie. In some cases, individuals report sensations in the forearm.
Often symptoms first appear at night. This is because sleeping with the wrists bent is so common. With progression of the disorder, signs begin to appear in the day. At first, they might appear intermittently, and then become more pronounced.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome cause sufferers to drop items, difficulty making a fist, or experience trouble buttoning clothing. Risk factors include:
- Carrying excess weight
- Performing activities requiring hand and wrist twisting
- Using tools that vibrate
- Being female
- Having certain medical conditions
- Being pregnant
- Suffering trauma
Carpal Tunnel Treatment from Our Practice
Our chiropractor in Odessa uses only natural methods for patients with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The goal is achieving relief using only natural carpal tunnel treatment options. Getting treatment promptly could help prevent the development of advanced symptoms.
Making a diagnosis involves conducting a comprehensive exam that includes discussing the patient’s symptoms and evaluating his or her medical history. Our doctor will ask the individual to demonstrate certain movements. X-rays are sometimes helpful.
The first step after diagnosis is identifying the cause of this disorder. Our chiropractor will design a treatment plan customized to meet each patient’s needs. Therapeutic options include:
- Immobilization with a splint
- Manual adjustments to correct misalignments in the spine, arms, or wrists
- Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
Taking frequent breaks, performing periodic hand stretches, and maintaining a neutral wrist position can help prevent this condition. Avoiding repetitive hand and wrist motions, maintaining good posture, and altering a workspace are also important.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Odessa Chiropractor
Our Odessa chiropractor, Dr. Mark Mehaffey, provides a full range of chiropractic services for patients who visit The Back Pain Institute of West Texas. Don’t let carpal tunnel symptoms cause needless pain.
Call us today at (432) 332-3388 to schedule your appointment.