Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. This compression can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. While chiropractic care is not typically the first-line treatment for CTS, it may offer some benefits in certain cases:

1. Wrist Manipulation: Chiropractors may perform gentle manipulation or mobilization techniques to adjust the bones of the wrist and hand, potentially relieving pressure on the median nerve and improving symptoms.

2. Soft Tissue Therapy: Soft tissue techniques such as massage, myofascial release, or trigger point therapy may help relax tight muscles and reduce inflammation around the wrist and forearm, alleviating CTS symptoms.

3. Ergonomic Advice: Chiropractors can provide guidance on proper ergonomic practices to reduce strain on the wrists and hands during daily activities, such as typing, using a computer mouse, or performing repetitive tasks.

4. Strengthening Exercises: Chiropractors may prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles of the forearm and hand, which can help stabilize the wrist and reduce pressure on the median nerve.

5. Lifestyle Modifications: Chiropractors may recommend lifestyle changes, such as wrist splinting at night, avoiding repetitive hand movements, or taking frequent breaks during activities that exacerbate CTS symptoms.
It's important to note that while chiropractic care may provide relief for some individuals with mild to moderate CTS symptoms, it may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with severe or advanced cases of CTS. Additionally, individuals with CTS should undergo a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional, such as a primary care physician or a hand specialist, to confirm the diagnosis and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

In some cases, conservative treatments such as wrist splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy may be recommended. For severe or persistent cases of CTS that do not respond to conservative measures, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve pressure on the median nerve and restore normal function to the hand and wrist.