Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment In Lincoln, NE

Dr. Shane Davidson DC Lincoln, NE Chiropractor

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when your hands and fingers hurt and feel numb. People usually treat it with medicine or surgery, but chiropractic care can help without the risks and can make the pain go away for a long time.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that contains the median nerve. Sometimes, this nerve can become compressed, causing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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

Chiropractic: An Effective Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Many people believe that chiropractors only deal with back issues. However, chiropractors are highly trained professionals who can address problems in various joints in your body, including those in your wrists, hands, and fingers. When you have your first appointment with a chiropractor, they will carefully assess your symptoms and how well you can move, and they will ask about your medical history.

After the evaluation, the chiropractor will create a personalized plan to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome. The primary goal of chiropractic care is not just to temporarily relieve your symptoms but to address the root causes. This plan may involve:

1. Massaging and releasing knots in your muscles if they are contributing to your symptoms.
2. Gently adjusting misaligned vertebrae in your spine to alleviate pressure on the nerve.
3. Making gentle adjustments to your arm, wrist, or hand to reduce pressure on the median nerve.
4. Providing you with therapeutic stretches and exercises to improve wrist function and support the health of the median nerve. They will demonstrate these exercises and stretches and give you guidance on doing them at home.

Chiropractors offer a comprehensive approach to alleviate carpal tunnel symptoms by targeting the underlying issues, not just masking the pain.

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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. 

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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Dr. Shane Davidson Lincoln, NE Chiropractor
Doctor of Chiropractic