Many patients believe that chiropractic care only deals with issues of the neck and back. However, patients find relief from other common issues through this type of care. One of these conditions is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury). Chiropractic care can be a very effective method for patients who are looking for non-invasive treatments to alleviate the symptoms.
The Ways a Chiropractor Works To Alleviate Carpal Tunnel
As previously stated, carpal tunnel is an injury that results from repeated stress on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Most patients who suffer with this type of injury have jobs that require them to use the same areas of the body consistently. For example, typing and assembly working are two occupations where there are a lot of carpal tunnel syndrome complaints. Workers in these and other similar jobs notice that after a time the discomfort they feel turns into injuries.
The faster a chiropractor can diagnose the condition, the more effective the treatment will be. You may undergo several diagnostic tests such as x-rays and a physical examination so the chiropractor can make the proper diagnosis. After the diagnosis has been made, the chiropractor may decide to perform several adjustments on the affected wrist, hand or elbow, as well as make adjustments in the upper areas of the spine.
Other recommended treatments may include:
- Rest for the affected area
- The use of ice packs to reduce swelling
- Physical therapy
- Immobilizing the area with a brace or splint
What Can A Patient Expect During The Healing Process?
Chiropractic care is considered a safe and risk free alternative to conventional medical treatments that include surgery or medications. Research has shown that chiropractic care has significantly diminished signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel. However, it is important to note that the prognosis of successfully alleviating carpal tunnel varies with each patient. Other factors such as the patient’s overall health and the utilization of other treatments can also affect how successful chiropractic treatment will be.
If you think that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome and you do not want to try traditional medical treatments to get relief, a consultation with a Chiropractor may be the answer you are looking for. A thorough history consultation and a complete physical exam will allow the chiropractor to see the severity of the problem and prescribe the best treatment.
Dr. White of Champion Chiro has helped to relieve RSI discomfort for many patients.
Schedule a consultation so she can find a solution for your disorder.