Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Frederick, MD
When typing, writing, or cooking become painful, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
This condition can cause you to shy away from duties at work and home, or stop participating in some of your favorite hobbies, because the pain is just overwhelming.
Don’t let the pain get the best of you! Trust Lipinski Chiropractic for help with your carpal tunnel syndrome.
At Lipinski Chiropractic, we provide effective, non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel at our office in Frederick, Maryland. We create an individualized treatment plan targeted to the reason for your pain, helping you get better, faster.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your hand.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that is surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. When the median nerve is compressed, it can cause the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
- The anatomy of your wrist
- Health problems, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Repetitive use of your hand, wrist, and arm, such as from a job or hobby
Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel
There are a number of things that can increase your risk of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
- Anatomy: If you have had a wrist fracture or dislocation or arthritis, the space within the carpal tunnel can be altered and put pressure on the nerve. Additionally, some people are just born with naturally smaller carpal tunnels, making them more likely to develop the disease.
- Gender: Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women.
- Nerve-damaging conditions: Some chronic illnesses, including diabetes, can increase the risk of nerve damage and, as a result, increase the potential for damage to your median nerve.
- Inflammatory conditions: Conditions with an inflammatory component, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can impact the lining around the tendons in the wrist, putting pressure on the median nerve.
- Medications: Some studies have shown there may be a link between carpal tunnel and the use of anastrozole, which is used to treat breast cancer.
- Obesity: You are at higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome if you are obese.
- Body fluid changes: If you experience fluid retention, such as during pregnancy and menopause, can increase the pressure within the carpal tunnel.
- Other medical conditions: Some conditions, such as menopause, thyroid disorders, kidney failure, and lymphedema, can increase chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Work conditions: If you work with vibrating tools or on an assembly line that requires prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist can create pressure on your median nerve or make existing nerve damage worse.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Some common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Tingling or numbness: Those with carpal tunnel may notice numbness or tingling in their fingers or hand, especially the thumb and index, middle, or ring fingers are affected. The sensation may feel like an electric shock.
- Weakness: A decreased ability to grip or hold objects is also common.
Common Carpal Tunnel Treatments
The most effective treatments for carpal tunnel occur as soon as possible after symptoms start. The earlier you can intervene, the more likely you are to effectively treat the problem.
Some common treatments for carpal tunnel include:
Non-surgical therapy can be quite effective in cases of carpal tunnel that are caught early. Some non-surgical therapies include:
- Wrist splinting: Wearing a splint that holds your wrist while you sleep can help relieve daytime symptoms.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can help relieve your pain short-term. They cannot, however, actually improve your condition.
- Corticosteroids: If your pain is severe enough, your doctor may inject your carpal tunnel with a corticosteroid to relieve pain.
For more advanced cases of carpal tunnel or those that do not respond to other therapies, surgery may be required to relieve pressure by cutting the ligament that’s pressing on the median nerve.
There are two main techniques used in carpal tunnel release surgery:
- Endoscopic surgery: Your surgeon uses a telescope-like device that has a tiny camera attached to it to see inside your carpal tunnel. The surgeon then cuts the ligament through small incisions in your hand or wrist.
- Open surgery: In this method, your surgeon makes an incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel and cuts through the ligament to free the nerve.
How Chiropractic Can Help with Carpal Tunnel
Because carpal tunnel is the result of the median nerve being compressed, chiropractic care can help realign the shoulder, arm, and wrist to release some of the pressure on the median nerve.
Chiropractic care may not be a long-term solution for carpal tunnel, but it can help make the pain and numbness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome better, allowing you to function better in your daily life.
During your first appointment at Lipinski Chiropractic, you will discuss your condition, the symptoms you experience, and any other medical conditions you may have. Dr. Lipinski then builds a customized treatment plan to help relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel and help you feel better.
While you may notice some relief after your first adjustment, it may take a few sessions to really notice changes.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Frederick, MD
If you’re ready to get your life back and reduce your carpal tunnel pain, call Lipinski Chiropractic for an appointment today!