Carpal Tunnel Services from Your Chiropractor in Salem, OR
Use of electronic devices such as smartphones and computers has made information sharing faster than many people even imagined a decade ago. One of the unfortunate effects of extensive use is increasing incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, our Salem chiropractor can help The Spine Clinic patients obtain relief thanks to natural therapies that avoid medication or surgery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Overview
The result of carpal tunnel syndrome is hand usage problems. This disorder occurs because of pressure on the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and into the hand. This nerve is responsible for feeling and movement in the thumb and movement of all except the smallest finger on each hand.
Several situations cause pressure on the nerve. The most frequent include:
- Swelling followed by a narrowing of the carpal tunnel
- Inflammation of the median nerve
- Injury to a wrist due to repetitive motion
For most of our patients with this condition, symptoms develop gradually. The four most common are pain, numbness, tingling, and burning.
Carpal tunnel can significantly inhibit normal daily activities such as buttoning clothes. Common risk factors include:
- Use of vibrating tools
- Being female
- Engaging in activities that twist the wrist and the hand
- Being pregnant
- Having certain health conditions
- Carrying extra weight
- Undergoing trauma
Patients typically describe initial symptoms as occurring at night. This is because sleeping with the wrists bent is very common. Over time, symptoms usually emerge during daytime hours.
Chiropractic Treatment Options
To help avoid the most severe carpal tunnel symptoms, it is important for patients to get a correct diagnosis and chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. At an initial consultation, our doctor performs a comprehensive physical exam, discusses the patient’s complaints, and reviews the health history. In some cases, imaging such as X-rays is helpful.
After making a positive diagnosis, our chiropractor will pinpoint the cause of the disorder rather than merely treat the symptoms. Each treatment plan is customized and uses only natural therapies such as these:
- Adjustments to correct arm, spinal, or wrist misalignment
- Icing of the wrist
- Splinting to immobilize the wrist
- Ergonomic changes and lifestyle alterations
Schedule a Consultation with Our Salem Chiropractor
Don’t let the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome interfere with the lifestyle you love. The staff at The Spine Clinic excels at providing natural health care and education to families in our Salem community. We offer a number of holistic services such as massage therapy and nutritional counseling in addition to chiropractic adjustments. Be sure to call us today at 503-362-5555 to make an appointment and find out how treatment from our chiropractor can improve your health.