Thursday, June 07, 2012

Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, preventable, and treatable condition that is commonly present in those who frequently use computers as well as all types of manual workers, athletes, drivers, and more.  The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure in the wrist area, and carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in the tunnel is compressed, causing inflammation, which manifests as discomfort or pain.

Because the carpal tunnel contains and protects the nerve that is mainly responsible for sensation in the hand, as well as the muscles and tendons that control finger movement, trauma to the tunnel usually results in hand and finger numbness, tingling, weakness, stiffness, and pain.  These symptoms may also extend to the arm and are the signature indicators of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be easily prevented by avoiding conditions that may damage the wrist and may cause injury, such as unnatural positions, lifting heavy loads, and repetitive motions that may cause trauma.   Investing in ergonomically-sound equipment and devices and practicing safe exercises are also recommended.  If carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are already present, they require immediate treatment, as this condition will continue to progress and worsen if left untreated.

Fortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome can be corrected and reversed without the need for surgery in most cases.  In our NYC physical rehab and chiropractic facility, we have successfully treated many individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome through a combination of customized physical therapy exercises and non-surgical adjustments to restore proper alignment to the carpal tunnel structure and relieve the nerve and soft tissues of pain-causing pressure.  Patients are educated in how to prevent future injury in order to stay pain-free and avoid future episodes of carpal tunnel syndrome.  We also offer medical massage therapy and acupuncture treatments that aid in obtaining long-term pain relief.  For more information on our carpal tunnel syndrome treatments, please visit