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Hi, It's Dr. Tim Harcourt of Coast Chiropractic Centers Here To Summarize Chiropractic Care For Chronic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Nov 25, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Because the early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be mild and tolerable, many patients put off seeing a doctor until the pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in their wrist and hand is no longer bearable.  The current research supports chiropractic care as an excellent non-surgical option for new-onset CTS, but what about patients with chronic CTS?

In a case series study of 18 women with chronic CTS (defined as CTS lasting more than six months), researchers looked at the potential benefits of soft tissue mobilization combined with nerve slider neurodynamic technique on pain and pressure sensitivity at various points along the course of the median nerve from the cervical spine into the hand before, immediately after, and one week following just a single treatment.

The treatment session consisted of a 30-minutes of soft tissue techniques (including soft tissue mobilization, nerve slider neuromobilization, myofascial release, stretching, and cross-fiber friction over the muscular interfaces through which the median nerve travels) at four locations: the front/side of the neck (anterior scalene muscles), the distal to middle anterior upper arm (biceps brachii), the proximal palm-side forearm (pronator teres), and stretching the transverse carpal ligament and soft tissues on the palm-side of the hand. The patients reported a reduction in pain following treatment that persisted for up to one week following just one treatment.

Another study looked at the long-term effects from manual therapies on patients with chronic CTS. In this study, patients received two treatments a week for three weeks. Not only did the patients report improvement in their CTS symptoms following the conclusion of care, but these benefits persisted when researchers followed-up with participants six months later.

Manual therapies are a primary treatment approach utilized by chiropractors for both acute and chronic CTS, along with many standard management strategies such as night splints, physical modalities, and specific home-based exercise recommendations. This multi-modal approach places chiropractic at the top of the list as the ideal choice for the CTS patient!

So, if you are experiencing pain in my wrist (yours), numbness or paresthesia, hand weakness, and carpal tunnel symptoms and you type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck or wrist.”?

What is carpal tunnel syndrome? 

You may have a “funny feeling like a numbness frequently called paresthesia. Even a handshake may be painful or weak.  Some people have prescribed chemicals that may temporarily reduce the numbness but not fixing the problem. The numbing in the fingers can be annoying and even debilitating.

Also, if you feel arm pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck.    Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

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