Carpal Tunnel


Chiropractors located in Barrington, IL

Conventional doctors usually perform surgery to treat the tingling and weakness felt in your hand and lower arm due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Yet often surgery is ineffective and pain returns. Chiropractic care from the team at ChiroFit in Barrington, Illinois offers non-invasive, drug-free treatment that addresses nerve pressure that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. ChiroFit chiropractors can help relieve carpal tunnel with manual chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy exercises. Call ChiroFit for an appointment, or use the convenient online booking tool.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

The median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm and is responsible for sensation in the palm side of the first four fingers and the thumb. It runs through the carpal tunnel -- a collection of ligaments and bones that leads into the hand. Irritated tendons and other inflammation narrow the carpal tunnel, causing compression on the median nerve and the telltale symptoms of carpal tunnel.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms range from mild to severe. You might experience:

  • Tingling, numbness, and feelings of your hand “falling asleep”
  • Pain and numbness in your hand, wrist, and forearm that awakens you from sleep
  • Pain while gripping objects
  • Aching in your forearm
  • Stiff fingers, especially first thing in the morning

Symptoms may be most noticeable at night, but progress to all times of the day. Over time, you may lose grip strength, especially for small objects, and have trouble feeling hot and cold with your hands or fingers. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome in one hand or both.

Who is at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome?

Women develop carpal tunnel syndrome far more frequently than men, especially women aged 40-60. Other risk factors include:

  • Repetitive hand and wrist movement
  • Health problems that increase inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Injury to the wrist
  • Joint wear and tear due to aging

How can chiropractic care help with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Research shows that many people with carpal tunnel syndrome also have neck pain or cervical nerve root compression.

This means that carpal tunnel pain may have origins in the upper spine, rather than in the wrist and arm. Chiropractic noninvasively manipulates the upper spine to relieve irritation and pain in the wrist.

At ChiroFit, the doctors offer manual therapy, trigger point therapy, soft tissue therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises to relieve and resolve your pain. These are viable options to invasive surgery and anesthesia.

If your carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive movement, you may also explore ergonomic solutions that involve equipment placement and desk design to reduce strain on your neck and wrists.