Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment In Lincoln, NE

Dr. Shane Davidson DC Lincoln, NE Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

Carpal Tunnel is the slender tunnel in the wrist surrounded by small bones and ligaments. The median nerve runs through the arm and this passageway. If pinched, the nerve causes pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling pain. This condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

In Lincoln, NE, Carpal Tunnel is a common medical condition known as median nerve compression syndrome. It can make everyday activities like lifting cups and carrying things complex because of the pain, stabbing sensations, and hand numbness.

Dr. Shane Davidson DC, a leading chiropractor at Novo Chiropractic Lincoln, suggests that consulting a chiropractor can offer better pain relief than taking pain medication.

Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People suffering from carpal tunnel generally experience the following symptoms in their hands and fingers:

  • Numbness, tingling in fingers
  • Weakness or less strength in your hands
  • Slower nerve impulses lead to delayed reaction time 
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Burning sensation, shocking or stabbing pain
  • Radiating pain from the wrist to arm and shoulder blades
  • Difficulty holding small objects for an extended period
  • Overall clumsiness in motions
  • Wrist pain
  • Swelling and bony misalignments

Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pressure on the median nerve leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be a result of these carpal tunnel causes:

  • Repetitive motions involving the wrist and hand, such as typing, writing, or constant gripping
  • Other conditions include hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes
  • Repeated injuries to the same hand or wrist
  • Genetic factors (children of people with carpal tunnel are more susceptible)
  • Changes in hormonal balances

Endoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Carpal Tunnel Surgery: The Advanced Technique

Surgery may be the best option in the case of severe carpal tunnel syndrome. Instead of a long and invasive surgery, an endoscopic release may be a better option. It differs from open-release surgery because the surgeon does not need to cut the hand open to perform the procedure. Instead, the doctor makes a tiny incision in the wrist and inserts a device called an endoscope to perform the surgery.

Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

For many cases, a nonsurgical adjustment may be effective.  More severe cases may require surgery.

  • Bracing or splinting the wrist and hand
  • OTC Pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Nerve gliding, flossing (stretching) exercises to improve range of motion
  • Steroid injections / Cold laser
  • Spinal manipulation / Deep friction massage
  • Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Splinting after surgery for recovery

Treatments Available for Carpel Tunnel

The most appropriate treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome largely depends on the underlying cause. As with most conditions, it is advised that patients begin with a non-invasive and more affordable treatment. While prescription medications, decompression surgeries, and forms of physical therapy may provide short-term relief, the symptoms often reappear without the correction of the nerve interference in the spine. Your chiropractor at Novo Chiropractic Lincoln will perform an evaluation of your condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan that best suits you. Following spinal corrections, many patients experience substantial improvements in their symptoms. If symptoms persist, adjustments to the bones of the wrist and therapies to the surrounding tissues are often considered.

At Novo Chiropractic Lincoln, NE we understand that making decisions about how to treat carpal tunnel syndrome can be difficult. If you would like more information about carpal tunnel or to schedule a consultation, contact our clinic today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are chiropractors good for carpal tunnel?

Chiropractors are highly trained professionals who offer various chiropractic services and treatments to alleviate the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. They also teach how to prevent recurring carpal tunnel in the future. No matter what the cause may be, the proper chiropractic care often provides quick relief and recovery. 

How do I cure my carpal tunnel naturally?

  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Use of splints
While many people look to medication or surgery to cure carpal tunnel, there are plenty of healthier and natural remedies for relief. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce pressure on the median nerve and stretch the muscles for better blood flow. The use of splints may also be beneficial in preventing movements that aggravate the condition.

Is carpal tunnel considered nerve damage?

The Carpal tunnel itself is not nerve damage. Instead, it is pressure placed on the median nerve that leads to the symptoms. However, if carpal tunnel syndrome is ignored and left untreated, the pressure may continue to worsen, leading to nerve damage in the long run. This is why it is essential to see a chiropractor for carpal syndrome if symptoms exist.

Can you fix a carpal tunnel without surgery?

It is possible to treat and provide pain relief from early carpal tunnel cases without surgical intervention. Some methods include:
  • Ice baths
  • Splints
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Nerve gliding or nerve flossing exercises
  • Reduction of repetitive motions that exacerbate the condition
  • Spinal and extremity adjustments
  • Deep tissue massage

What can be mistaken for a carpal tunnel?

Various other conditions display similar symptoms to carpal tunnel syndrome and are frequently misdiagnosed. These conditions include:
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
Make an appointment with a chiropractor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Many insurance plans will cover the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, but not all do. It is best to check with the insurance provider to determine if you are covered. 

How long does carpal tunnel usually last?

There is a wide range of timelines for those diagnosed with carpal tunnel. If diagnosed early, preventative measures may mean it only lasts for a few weeks. However, ignoring symptoms and prolonging treatment may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome lasting six months or longer. 

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