The median nerve extends through what is known as the carpal tunnel and controls feeling and movement in your thumb and three main fingers.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often associated with repetitive hand motions, but it can also be caused by conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually just involves home care, including the cessation of any problematic hand motions, icing, and using a splint. But sometimes that is not enough, that's where we come in!
If you are dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and have tried these approaches already, ask us about how the Summus Medical Laser, a class IV laser, combined with specific soft tissue treatment could help you! We can help treat your symptoms. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!
- Any repeated movement that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano or typing
- Prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools
- Fractures or trauma to the wrist
- Positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Fluid retention during a pregnancy or menopause
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune issues and disorders
- Burning, tingling, or itching numbness that can be found in your palm and thumb or your index and middle fingers
- Weakness in your grip strength
- Shock-like feelings in your fingers
- Tingling sensations in your arm
The treatment and prognosis of your carpal tunnel syndrome can vary on the severity of your pain and the extent of the condition, and usually starts with soft tissue manipulation from the elbow to the hand. Other treatments that may be recommended by our chiropractor at Lake Effect Chiropractic include chiropractic care, rehabilitation exercises, or the pain-free Class IV Medical laser.
At Lake Effect Chiropractic, we specialize in chiropractic adjustments that improve overall health and get you feeling great.
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Improved healing time, pain reduction, increased blood circulation and decreased swelling are the major effects of laser energy. Summus Medical Lasers are designed to target the body's optimal light-absorbing complexes to treat pain and accelerate the healing process.
IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia and muscle work reduces friction which allows for precision, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles, elbows etc.
Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we specialize in assisting our patients through physical rehabilitation to keep them healthy after they experience an injury or pain in any way.
Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue therapy designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we incorporate ART in our treatment of musculoskeletal disorders to remedy injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, headaches, and back pain. All of these conditions tend to have one thing in common: the result of an overused muscle.
Without a full range of motion and proper use of joints, our backs, necks and joints become stiff and less mobile, leading to pain, greater loss of movement and dysfunction. The McKenzie method is a standardized assessment tool, defining and classifying movement problems and recommending appropriate treatment. We use the Mckenzie method with carpal tunnel to check if the carpal tunnel symptoms are actually coming from the neck.
If you are uncomfortable with the more traditional manual adjustments, the PulStar is an amazing option for light force chiropractic adjustments.
This is an important question to ask and to answer! Many Carpal Tunnel symptoms may be treated with chiropractic treatment. If you have an acute case of CTS that has flared up or a persistent case that has been bothering you for years.
It excites us to have new patients who have had other chiropractic experiences, what we do at Lake Effect Chiropractic is target the source of the problem and work to extinguish it! Getting the body moving, from the joints to the muscles, we know MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE!
Despite the fact that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common occurrence, the severity of the injuries and the conditions that cause them to differ. What we do is different, your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment is always individualized and we are here to help you with whatever pain you may be experiencing here in Bay City, Michigan.
We work together with the medical community to make sure you receive the proper care no matter what your condition may be, new or old, minor or serious, we want you to get back to a pain-free life and enjoy it!
They make you feel comfortable knowing you're being taken care of. Staff is polite and friendly."
-Sara B.//Auburn, Michigan
I have an underbite and suffer from horrible jaw pains! I’ve never met a more kind-hearted and knowledgeable chiropractor, that was able to help me so well! I highly highly recommended Lake Effect over anyone else!"
- Maison C.// Bay City, Michigan
- Ken D. Bay City, Michigan (Career in construction)