Treatment Options

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment options

Often times people do not know their full options when it comes to treatment options for the condition they may be suffering from and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is no exception. Usually when someone believes they are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome they will seek out medical attention from a medical doctor. This often times begins with the use of a splint/support (sometimes called a "Cock-up splint") with the objective of keeping the wrist in a neutral position to take as much pressure off of the nerve as possible. Avoidance activities are likely to be advised in order to avoid performing activities that are known to provoke the symptoms. It may take careful observation of the way you perform daily activities at work (an ergonomic evaluation) and making some recommendations to change the way your work station is set up or how often you perform certain duties in order to make it work best for you with little strain to the wrist as well as the rest of the body. If these things do not provide the patient with adequate relief of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms, then medical professionals tend to jump to prescribing NSAIDs or a Corticosteroid injection (only offers temporary relief), and when that doesn't work it's off to surgery. Surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament, anterior carpal ligament, and deep forearm fascia.

There are however some alternatives which have provided many people suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome relief as opposed to these fairly invasive procedures. Your chiropractor can evaluate how the joints, muscles, and fascia are working within the wrist and forearm. Osseous manipulation (also called Adjustments) and mobilization will help any stuck joints move better and improve function of the nerves. Stretching and massage can help to break up scar tissue that may be adhering to the nerves and/or fascia. Both manipulation and massage, along with cryotherapy (ice packs) will help to reduce inflammation within the area of the median nerve and the carpal tunnel. Exercises including stretching (the wrist/hand in cool water during the acute period) the upper extremity and neck and strengthening the muscles used to grip with; exception being of course if these strengthening exercises increase symptoms.

Nutrition is another aspect for consideration. The B vitamins play a role in nervous system function, such as, helping make neurotransmitters. If someone is suffering from a neuropathy, a good B complex vitamin supplement (especially with B6 and B12's) may help in the healing process of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other neuropathies.

Remember to check out the other information pages on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Definition and Contributing Factors

Signs and Symptoms

Vizniak N, Carnes M, et al. Quick Reference Evidence-Based Conditions Manual 3rd Ed. Professional Health Systems 2009.