Carpal tunnel syndrome or, CTS, is a common condition that drives many patients to chiropractic clinics asking, “…what can chiropractic do for CTS?” Whether you spend a large amount of time typing on a computer keyboard, sewing, painting, writing, or using various hand tools, it is beneficial to you to know that chiropractic and soft tissue release therapies can help resolve your symptoms. As an overview, the following is a list of what you might expect when you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic for a condition like CTS:
A thorough history is VITALLY important as your doctor can ask about job related stressors, hobby related causes (such as carpentry or playing musical instruments), telephone work, or factory work – especially if it’s fast and repetitive. Your doctor will also need to learn about your “co-morbidities” or, other conditions that can directly or indirectly cause CTS such as diabetes, thyroid disease, certain types of arthritis, certain medication side effects, and others.
A Physical Exam to determine the area(s) of nerve compression degree of severity.
Treatment can include manipulation, soft tissue release, PT modalities (eg., electric stimulation, ultrasound). As with most injuries that are a result of repetitive motions, Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) continues to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for CTS. For more info on A.R.T., click here.
- carpal tunnel splint
- exercises and stretches
- job modifications