Why it's Important to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Promptly

For anyone who has suffered from occasional carpal tunnel syndrome, the aches, pains, tingling and numbness can be quite annoying. However, left untreated, CTS can literally be disabling. Caused by nerve irritation, unchecked CTS can lead to permanent nerve damage, which can leave your hand weak and incapable of performing simple grasping tasks that you take for granted.

Conversely, early diagnosis of CTS gives you the best chance for complete recovery. Treatment combined with light physical therapy can keep you pain-free and fully functional. Today, I discuss what CTS is all about and how prompt treatment can save the day.

The causes of CTS

CTS results from pressure on the median nerve, the primary nerve controlling sensation and movement to important parts of the hand. Any pressure or irritation on the median nerve results in the sensations you experience with CTS.

These symptoms include:

Pressure on the median nerve may be due to repetitive motion, which causes irritation or inflammation of tissue surrounding the median nerve. In turn, this leads to irritation or inflammation of the nerve itself. You may also have bone structure with very little clearance for the nerve, or if you’ve suffered a trauma such as a sprained or fractured wrist, healing and scar tissue may intrude on the nerve’s clearance space.

Possible complications of CTS

The numbing, pain, tingling, and aches of CTS can set in permanently if you don’t get it treated. Without intervention, symptoms may be progressive, leading to an inability to grasp anything with sufficient strength, for example. The pain may also expand across your hand, through the wrist and up your forearm. Later-stage treatment of CTS may involve carpal tunnel release surgery, which has some risk of permanent complications as well.

Treating CTS

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of CTS preserves your best chance of full recovery. A good place to start when CTS symptoms begin is with the RICE protocol:

If your symptoms persist, or if the symptoms of CTS interfere with your sleep or other activities, call my office for an examination. Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful in releasing pressure on the median nerve. Adjusting misalignments in your spine, for example, often leads to improved blood flow.

When it comes to chiropractic treatment of CTS, correcting alignment issues, maximizing blood flow, and relieving the stress from imbalances restores your body’s ability to heal the irritation of the median nerve itself. The earlier you get treatment, the better chance you have of avoiding permanent damage that may require drugs, injections, or surgery to correct.

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