Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs from the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist, causing numbness and tingling in the hand. At 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC on Broadway and 39th in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Jack Schtierman, Dr. Gregg Pressman, and the team take a holistic approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome, improving alignment in your wrist and spine to relieve the compression and pain. To learn more about treatments for CTS, call the office in New York City or schedule an appointment online today.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a nerve pain condition. It occurs from compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.
The median nerve is a sensory and motor nerve for your three middle fingers and thumb. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid pathway made up of ligaments and bones.
Any narrowing in the carpal tunnel may compress the nerve, resulting in symptoms.
CTS is commonly associated with people who are constantly using computers. Though researchers are still investigating what causes CTS, repetitive motions (like typing) may cause inflammation and swelling in the wrist.
The inflammation and swelling leave less room for the median nerve through the carpal tunnel resulting in compression of the nerve and the resulting symptoms. Poor posture that involves the spine may also contribute to the nerve problem.
CTS symptoms usually start gradually and worsen over time. Initially, you may have numbness and tingling in your hands when you first wake up in the morning, which goes away quickly.
However, as the compression continues, you may notice that it takes longer for your symptoms to subside, or they may occur more often, like when you’re holding onto your car’s steering wheel.
You may also have weakness in the grip, making it harder for you to turn a key in the door or hold onto a coffee cup.
You can expect a patient-centered exam when you visit 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC for a carpal tunnel evaluation. The team takes a collaborative approach and listens intently to your concerns and goals so they can create an effective plan.
They ask about your symptoms, when they occur, and the activities that exacerbate them. They review your medical history and perform a physical exam, paying close attention to your joints and spine.
They also do an ergonomic workstation assessment.
The team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC works with you when developing your carpal tunnel treatment plan. Treatment for CTS focuses on spinal and joint adjustments to improve alignment, relieve compression, and reduce symptoms.
Early treatment for carpal tunnel may prevent permanent nerve damage. Get started today by calling 5th Avenue Chiropractic NYC or booking an appointment online.