Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: An East Greenwich, RI Chiropractor's Perspective

chiropractic care helps patients with carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a prevalent condition affecting millions of individuals worldwide. It is a debilitating condition characterized by pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. At our East Greenwich RI chiropractic clinic, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of carpal tunnel syndrome, including its causes, symptoms, and available treatments. We will also explore preventive measures and lifestyle modifications that can help alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality of life for those affected by this condition.

Carpal Tunnel Causes & Symptoms In East Greenwich RI

The primary cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve within the narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel. This compression can result from several factors, including:

  • Repetitive hand and wrist movements: Prolonged and repetitive movements - such as typing, using a computer mouse, or assembly line work - can contribute to the development of CTS.
  • Wrist injuries: Fractures, sprains, or wrist dislocations can cause swelling and pressure on the median nerve.
  • Anatomical factors: Some individuals may have a narrower carpal tunnel, making them more prone to nerve compression.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and menopause can increase fluid retention and swelling, increasing the risk of CTS.
  • Certain medical conditions: Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders have been associated with an increased risk of CTS.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically develop gradually and worsen over time. Common symptoms include:

  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger
  • Pain or discomfort that radiates from the wrist to the hand and forearm
  • Weakness or difficulty gripping objects
  • Clumsiness or a tendency to drop things due to weakened hand muscles
  • Nighttime symptoms that may disrupt sleep
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How We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Diagnosing CTS involves comprehensively evaluating the patient's medical history, physical examination, and specific diagnostic tests. At Greenwich Bay Chiropractic, we may perform a Tinel's test or Phalen's maneuver to elicit characteristic symptoms.

Treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome vary depending on the severity of symptoms and underlying causes. We attempt non-surgical approaches first, as a conservative option like chiropractic care can maximize results without downtime.

Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By doing the proper testing to ensure that this isn’t a problem with the nerves in your neck, chiropractors at Greenwich Bay Chiropractic can mobilize the bones in the wrist and hand to improve the range of motion and function while decreasing pain and inflammation.

Reducing or avoiding activities that worsen symptoms and using wrist splints or braces to immobilize the wrist can alleviate pressure on the median nerve.

At Greenwich Bay Chiropractic, we will customize a program based on your exam to maximize muscle strength, flexibility, and health maintenance of the carpal tunnel. In addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, we’ll make lifestyle recommendations like adjusting workstations, using ergonomic keyboards or mouse pads, and taking regular breaks to minimize strain on the wrists. Maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and managing underlying health conditions can also improve overall hand and wrist health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a chiropractor do anything about carpal tunnel?

By properly evaluating the carpal tunnel, chiropractors can design a natural treatment protocol to help with this!

What helps carpal tunnel heal faster?

Lifestyle modification, proper ergonomics, and an anti-inflammatory diet can all help to reduce symptoms.

What happens if carpal tunnel goes untreated?

Like most problems, if left untreated, carpal tunnel tends to get worse over time with repetitive use.

How do I stop my wrists and hands from going numb when I sleep?

Sleeping in a proper position, on your back or side, will help ease pressure on the median nerve. We recommended a low-profile memory foam pillow to help support your neck and arm as you sleep.

Can you heal carpal tunnel without surgery?

Yes! Often the most conservative option, like chiropractic care, is the best first choice, as surgery is an option that is always available.


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3:00pm - 6:00pm


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Greenwich Bay Chiropractic

16 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: (401) 408-4430
Fax: (401) 443-8818