FAYETTEVILLE
3706 Morganton Rd. Fayetteville NC
(910) 867-5500

Acute Care


ARTHIRITIS Treatment


 

Although chiropractic can help with the symptoms of all types of arthritis the most common as you can see here is Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD) or the "wear and tear" type of arthritis. I sometimes explain to patients that it's like "Human Rust"...we have to earn it.
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Arthritis is a condition which can cause debilitating pain and affect the proper movement of the joints. The effects of arthritis can actually range from very mild to severe.

 

As shown above there are many different forms of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritisalso known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). It first appears in the 3rd and 4th decade of life, and can become very common by age 70. It primarily occurs in the weight bearing points and is more common with prior injury or excessive wear and tear.

 

Arthritis does not only affect the elderly. Some forms of arthritis can appear in childhood and early adulthood. General arthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, redness, heat and often swelling in affected areas.

 

There are several reasons for arthritis, Some arthritis types have auto-immune causes (when the body begins to attack itself), and others are due to undue stress placed on the joints of your body. People with poor posture, excess weight, injuries or those who work in physically stressful industries are at most risk.

 

Inside healthy joints, the ends of the bones are covered with a tough tissue called cartilage. This cartilage is smooth and slick, so the bones can move easily. Inside arthritic joints, the cartilage becomes rough and pitted. As the joints wear down, calcium deposits, spurs and swelling may develop. This restricts the movements of the joints and causes pain and inflammation.

 

Many arthritis sufferers assume that nothing can be done to reverse the degeneration or relieve arthritis pain. Others resort to surgery to replace joints with synthetic devices. While there may be not yet be an arthritis cure, some arthritis treatment is available. With proper diet, an active lifestyle, and regular chiropractic care, the effects of arthritis can be limited and managed.

 

The most important goal with arthritis is to maintain as much normal function as possible in the affected areas. This is where chiropractic is of benefit. Specific chiropractic adjustments help to return normal motion and position to "stuck" or fixated spinal joints. These adjustments are effective in reducing pain, improving joint mobility and increasing muscle flexibility for arthritis sufferers.

 

As part of our treatment protocol we may also recommend stretches, exercises, and aids available to help improve mobility and range of motion in those patients with arthritis. Activities such as yoga, swimming and specific joint mobilization exercises can be beneficial in this respect.

 

This combined with chiropractic care allows sufferers to maintain as much normal function as possible, so that arthritis need not be a crippling disease.


Whiplash or Acceleration/Deceleration


 

Whiplash is really more of a "mechanism" of injury. The actual injury or diagnosis is most commonly some degree of Sprain/Strain. Although most commonly thought of with car accidents this can result from anything that causes a quick snapping of the head and neck. We can properly asses the degree of injury and recommend the proper treatment in these types of cases.
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The medical term for Whiplash is an Accelerated/Decelerated Injury. This can occur in motor vehicle accidents, sports, weekend activities or jumping out of an airplane. Really it occurs anytime the neck and back undergo a quick snapping like motion. This overstretching often results in injury to the structures of the neck and back that can range from mild to severe and can include the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, discs, nerves and even the spinal cord itself.

 

This type of injury can lead to debilitating pain, including neck and back stiffness, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, vertigo or numbness and tingling into the limbs. Symptoms in acute whiplash may not appear at their peak for up to 72 hours or until after the body has coped with the shock of the accident, and pain sets in. If left untreated normal activities of daily living can continue to exacerbate the symptoms of whiplash.

 

Anytime one undergoes an injury of this nature, even if the pain is "not too bad" they should be checked by someone who specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries such as this. We see thousands of cases like this at our clinics and have a tremendous success rate with them.

 

Remember any time you incur a sprain/strain injury such as whiplash the best treatment is a functional correction of that injury like that which we provide. Taking medications is ok and sometimes necessary but in order to limit the residual impairment and restore the proper function to the structures involved one needs a "functional correction" I explain this to patients like this:

 

If you fall and sprain your wrist you instinctively bend each day to your tolerance to "test it". You continue to do this natural until one day it has full unrestricted, pain free range of motion. That's a functional correction. What you DON'T do is put it in an immobilizing brace, pop a bunch of pills so you can't feel it and then expect to be healed properly. Will it be healed, yes, but with residual impairment and limitation of motion. The same principles apply to neck and back sprains/strains. We need to work with the tissues to ensure the least amount of residual impairment possible.

 

Since the spine is made of a complex compellation of small joints, it's necessary to have a specialist such as a chiropractor to manipulate them since you will not be able to do so on your own. Like a bike chain we want all the links of the spine to move freely. Sure we can weld a link or to together and the chain would still go around in a jerky "global" motion but we want each individual link to have proper segmental motion as well especially when it's our own body. We don't want you saying.. "oh I never really could turn my neck again after that accident".


Neck Pain Treatment


 

Cervical spine pain or neck pain has many different causes and can be debilitating to people of all ages. Pain in the neck can range from mild stiffness to severe pain that radiates into the arms causing numbness, tingling and or burning all the way to the fingers. Headaches often accompany neck pain.
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The head weighs 8-10lbs on average and is balanced on a narrow support system made up of seven stacked bones called the cervical spine. The vertebrae are separated from each other by "jelly" filled discs that are stabilized by joints and ligaments which in turn are further supported and moved by muscles. Because the neck is so mobile allowing us great range of motion, it is easily damaged.

 

Injury and postural problems are the most common causes of neck pain. Diseases such as arthritis or degeneration of the discs can also cause pain.

 

Some causes of neck pain include:

  • trauma or injury
  • worry and stress
  • falling asleep in an awkward position
  • prolonged use of a computer keyboard
  • poor postures

 

The vast majority of neck pain can be managed conservatively with care such as chiropractic. However, there are a few symptoms of neck pain that are possible indications of a more serious medical condition and patients should be evaluated to determine the extent of their condition. Our doctors are well trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of neck disorders. They can not only asses the extent of your pain but direct you to the best possible approach in its care.

 

The nerves that exit at the neck (cervical spine) go into our upper extremities or arms and hands. When irritated at the neck we can experience pain, burning tingling and number in our arms and hands. Further nerve damage or a progressive neurological deficit could develop and cause weakness in the arms or loss of feeling and coordination in the arms or legs.

 

However, most episodes of acute (recent) neck pain are due to a muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons). This type of injury can be caused by a sudden force (such as from a car accident), or from straining the neck (such as a stiff neck from sleeping in the wrong position, or a strain from carrying a heavy suitcase).

 

Most minor injuries to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the neck usually heal with time and proper care. This is because these soft tissues have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place. Conservative care, such as ice and/or heat, medications, physical therapy, and/or chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate the painful condition while it is healing.

 

Chiropractic offers a unique approach to a wide range of neck problems. Chiropractors do not just randomly 'twist' the neck or perform painful maneuvers. Chiropractic adjustments are a precise and gentle active therapy approach with the aim of returning motion to restricted spinal joints and to improving the overall mechanics of the spine and its supporting structures.

 

Many people suffering from neck pain have muscle tightness. This tightness may be due to injury or poor posture. We also may recommend massage therapy and stretching exercises that can also be very useful in reducing the pain and discomfort, and may eliminate the pain altogether.


Low Back Pain Treatment


 

Low back pain is the most common reason people go to the doctor. It accounts for a large proportion of missed work days and disability. In fact, research suggests that up to eighty percent of people will experience back pain at some stage of their lives. While for some people back pain is little more than discomfort, for others it can leave them completely incapacitated.
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Humans developed low back pain shortly after we became bipedal creatures (walking on two feet).

 

While some cases of back pain originate from injury, accidents or organic medical conditions such as arthritis or tumors, the most common cause of back pain is stress to the joints and muscles of the back, which accumulates from day-to-day activities, such as:

  • poor posture
  • incorrect bending and lifting procedures
  • sitting down for extended periods of time
  • sleeping incorrectly
  • twisting the body into an uncomfortable position
  • core deconditioning
  • prolonged standing
  • running
  • tight supporting musculature

 

Most people are prone to back pain, as the lower back area supports a lot of our body weight, and relies heavily on the strength of our spine and its supporting structures. If the spine is not in correct alignment and balance, areas of weakness can occur. This can result strain on the joints, irritation of nerves, muscle strain or in a bulging or ruptured discs that can place pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.

 

It is important not to ignore back pain, even though itmay subside within a few days. Pain may be a symptom of an underlying condition such as a disc bulge, sciatica or scoliosis.

 

While many people look for medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin when they suffer from low back pain, these should not be considered first-line treatments. While medication may reduce the symptomatic pain, it does not treat the actual problem. This means that once the medication wears off, the pain usually returns. This will continue until the underlying mechanism driving the pain is addressed.

 

Chiropractic has consistently shown to be effective in relieving lower back pain, by addressing the deeper problems connected to the pain. By releasing tension in the joints and muscles, chiropractic provides a safe, simple and efficient form of therapy for back care. The doctors at Valley Chiropractic Group can also recommend a course of exercise and general health maintenance to ensure a more permanent alleviation of back problems.


Headache Treatment


 

Chiropractic can often help alleviate the symptoms of headaches safely and naturally. The most common type is what's known as a Muscle Tension Headache where pain radiates form the back of the neck and head in a "hatband" distribution.
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Headaches affect a lot of people, and can be very debilitating. Because headaches are so common, most people think that getting a headache is a normal part of life. This is simply not true. Headaches are a sign that something is wrong. Aspirin and medication may take the pain away from tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches, but they do not correct the underlying cause. They can also lead to unwanted side effects.

 

Chiropractic gets to the cause of the problem. If the bones in the neck are not supporting your head properly, this can affect the nerves, muscles and blood supply to your head. Most often in headaches, the veins and arteries inside the brain and skull are inflamed, compressed or stretched, which causes pain to be experienced around the head.

 

Headache symptoms can have many origins: sinus trouble, fevers, infections and alcohol. These headaches, caused by external factors, are believed to account for only 5% of all headaches. In fact, the most common headache cause is a 'primary headache', in which the headache results from irritation from the nerves around the head and neck. Muscles tension leading to nerve irritation is thought to be responsible for up to 95% of all headaches. These kinds of headaches are often referred to as stress or tension headaches, and are called 'primary' as they are not symptoms of other infections or triggers.

 

Chiropractic care works directly on the site of pain to restore the normal functioning of the spine. Chiropractors look for areas of muscle tension or weakness in the neck and head as sites of headache causes. This may include tight muscles in the base of the neck, at the base of the skull, or in the jaw. Using simple massage and adjustments, Chiropractic can provide headache relief for good, without expensive or dangerous techniques.

 

The doctors at Valley Chiropractic Group can offer a simple, non-intrusive, and most importantly a long-lasting form of headache relief that benefits all members of the family.


Disc Injury Treatment


 

The "jelly" filled disc of the spine can tear, bulge, herniate or rupture completely. Any one of these conditions's can cause severe and debilitating neck, back, arm or leg pain. When a disc herniates it's the jelly like material called Nucleus Pulposus that squeezes out.
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The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae which are separated by discs that act like shock absorbers. Discs are made of very tough cartilage, with a soft, jelly-like fluid inside. The discs between your vertebrae allow the flexibility of motion in the spine. These discs also allow an exit and entry point for spinal nerves that go into your arms and legs. Disc injuries can be painful and restricting. People often hear about 'slipped discs'. In fact, the discs of the spine are attached or "glued" to the vertebra above and below. One can picture it as a water balloon glued between to boards. You can stand on the boards evenly and the balloon is very strong but create a wedge and the water shifts to the back, stretching the balloon. If one now twists the boards it is likely to rupture the balloon.

 

Disc bulge:

This occurs when the soft jelly like material in the center of the disc pushes either forward or backward out of position. This results in swelling or bulging like a tire with low air pressure. Just this stretching of the outer annulus can cause pain.

 

Disc tear:

A disc tear occurs when a small tear or crack appears in the outer rim or annulus of the disc, and can lead to fluid leaking from the disc. This is the most common form of disc injury. This pain can come and go and be much harder to detect.

 

Disc herniation:

A herniation refers to the fluid within the center of the disc rupturing through the outer fibres, stretching the disc beyond its normal limits.

 

Disc prolapse:

A condition in which part of the disc tears away and becomes a free-floating fragment.

 

Disc desiccation:

This occurs when the disc loses its fluid and degenerates and becomes worn down.

 

Quite often, disc injuries are caused by a build-up of minor damage, rather than a single major incident…"the straw that broke the camels back". These minor episodes include poor posture, poor lifting and bending techniques, or a repetitive action. These episodes can place pressure on the disc that builds up until a small movement, such as standing or bending, sets off painful symptoms.

 

All of these disc injuries can vary in the type and severity of symptoms. A disc bulge can push onto nerves in the spine, resulting in a lot of pain and limited movement. On the other hand, people can have disc bulges and experience little to no pain, or referred pain elsewhere in the body. For this reason, it is important to be assessed for the underlying cause of disc pain, to ensure that treatment matches the injury.

 

Most disc injuries will respond favorably to conservative chiropractic care. The doctors at the clinics have many tools to treat disc injuries. They can range from soft and hard tissue manipulations, massage therapy, intersegment distraction, decompression techniques and flexion distraction. Gradually, rehabilitation exercises will be given as the condition improves, involving stretches and strengthening in order to stabilize the condition. Disc injuries can take up a year to heal. We have treated many cases of disc injuries that were deemed "surgical" successfully with out the use of surgery.


Shoulder Pain Treatment


 

The shoulder is a very complex "ball in socket" joint. This structure allows for a great deal of mobility but very weak bony support. For this reason it is a very common area of injury that can involve a variety of factors. Our doctors are well trained in ferreting out the causes of shoulder pain and can often manage them non-invasively.
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The shoulder allows the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. This is due to the four tendons which stabilize the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket. This great range of motion, however, tends to make us susceptible to shoulder pain.

 

Shoulder sprains, strains and dislocations are very common, and are often caused by sports activities that involve excessive overhead motion like swimming, tennis, throwing and weightlifting. Common symptoms of shoulder pain include aching on the side and upper arm, or aching in the top and front of the shoulder. Treatment of the shoulder usually involves soft tissue release, joint mobilization, ice-pack treatment, and strengthening exercises.

 

Shoulder injuries need careful attention even to highly trained professional it is not always easy to determine what the cause of the shoulder pain is. If the shoulder injury is not properly diagnosed, incorrect treatment can be administered, which will affect the recovery of the shoulder.

 

There are some symptoms to look out for in shoulder injuries. You should consult Back to Valley Chiropractic Group if you experience shoulder pain while resting, pain lasting for more than a few days, inability to raise the arm or carry objects, swelling or bruising on the joint, or redness and warmth in the area.

 

There is always the possibility that the pain felt in the shoulder could be referred pain or spinal damage felt through connecting nerves. In order to cover all possibilities it would be wise to visit us at Back to Valley Chiropractic Group as we are able to examine all areas to determine where the problem is coming from.

 

Some of the different types of shoulder injury include:

  • rotator cuff tendonitis – compressed tendons in the shoulder ridge
  • dislocation – separation of the top of the arm bone from the scapula
  • frozen shoulder – leading to joint stiffness
  • bursitis – inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone or skin)
  • rotator cuff tears – separation of the rotator cuff from the bone
  • calcific tendonitis – calcium deposits occurring within the tendon
  • biceps tendon rupture – a rupture of the tendon of the biceps near the shoulder joint

 

The shoulder allows the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. This is due to the four tendons which stabilize the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket. This great range of motion, however, tends to make us susceptible to shoulder pain.

Shoulder sprains, strains and dislocations are very common, and are often caused by sports activities that involve excessive overhead motion like swimming, tennis, throwing and weightlifting. Common symptoms of shoulder pain include aching on the side and upper arm, or aching in the top and front of the shoulder. Treatment of the shoulder usually involves soft tissue release, joint mobilization, ice-pack treatment, and strengthening exercises.

 

Shoulder injuries need careful attention. Even to a highly trained professional it is not always easy to determine what cause of the shoulder pain. If the shoulder injury is not properly diagnosed, incorrect treatment can be administered, which will affect the recovery of the shoulder.

 

There are some symptoms to look out for in shoulder injuries. You should consult Back to Valley Chiropractic Group if you experience shoulder pain while resting, pain lasting for more than a few days, inability to raise the arm or carry objects, swelling or bruising on the joint, or redness and warmth in the area.

 

There is always the possibility that the pain felt in the shoulder could be referred pain or spinal damage felt through connecting nerves. In order to cover all possibilities it would be wise to visit us at Back to Valley Chiropractic Group as we are able to examine all areas to determine where the problem is coming from.


Knee Pain


 

Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint (i.e., arthritis). Other knee problems are a result of an injury or a sudden movement that strains the knee.
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Common knee problems include the following:

  • sprained or strained knee ligaments and/or muscles
    A sprained or strained knee ligament or muscle is usually caused by a blow to the knee or a sudden twist of the knee. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking.
  • torn cartilage
    Trauma to the knee can tear the menisci (pads of connective tissue that act as shock absorbers and also enhance stability). Cartilage tears can often occur with sprains. Treatment may involve wearing a brace during an activity to protect the knee form further injury. Surgery may be needed to repair the tear.
  • tendonitis
    Inflammation of the tendons may result from overuse of a tendon during certain activities such as running, jumping, or cycling. Tendonitis of the patellar tendon is called jumper's knee. This often occurs with sports such as basketball, where the force of hitting the ground after a jump strains the tendon.
  • arthritis
    Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away, and often affects middle-age and older people. Osteoarthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.

    Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the knees by causing the joint to become inflamed and by destroying the knee cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis often affects persons at an earlier age than osteoarthritis.

 

Apart from spinal conditions, knee pain is one of the most common ailments of the musculoskeletal system. There is a large range of problems that can affect the knee, as the knee joint is one of the most-used joints in the body. Imagine how often you use your knee joint - walking, running, sitting, bending. No wonder it can get pain from wear and tear!

 

The knee is like a hinge between the thigh and the shin bones, with a small joint on the outside of the leg (the kneecap). These joints are all supported by cartilage and ligaments to keep it flexible and cushioned during activity. Problems with the knee may include poor mechanics or overuse of the knee joint, traumatic injuries possibly from sports or falls, and problems associated with arthritic changes in the joint. This can result in pain below the knee cap, pain inside of the knee, referred knee pain, and other swelling, stiffness or tenderness.

 

Poor mechanics of the knee is usually the most common cause of non-traumatic knee pain. Imbalance in other muscle groups that attach to the knee can also lead to pain and dysfunction. The main treatment for mechanical or overuse injuries to the knee is to re-establish proper balance of the muscles, restore movement to the knee cap and other joints and correct any spinal misalignment.

 

Certain sports can put a lot of pressure on the ligaments supporting the knee. When the knee is stretched or twisted beyond the strength of the ligaments that hold the joint together, tearing of these tissues can occur. The ligaments could also become strained, leading to swelling. Traumatic knee injuries can cause severe pain and swelling and require immediate attention.

 

Diagnosis of knee injuries requires a full history of problems, and physical examination. As common knee injury symptoms can result from a number of causes, it is important to correctly identify the origin of acute knee pain. The doctors of Valley Chiropractic Group are highly trained to provide the proper diagnosis and management of knee injuries.

 

Knee pain can be treated effectively through conservative chiropractic care. Soft tissue massage and physio-therapies like Ultrasound can reduce swelling and inflammation in the area, and adjustments can restore the range of motion following knee cartilage injuries.


Sciatica Treatment


 

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the back of the leg. It is caused by injury to, compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.
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Sciatica is a distracting pain that starts in the lower back and extends down into one or both legs. It tends to affect those in their thirties, forties and fifties. Five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the sciatic nerve. Much like individual wires are wrapped within an electrical cord these nerves are wrapped inside a sheath forming the Sciatic nerve. These smaller nerves branch into the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, and foot. The sciatic nerve can become irritated through a number of factors. Sciatica itself is not a condition. In fact, it is a symptom of another condition. Most commonly, sciatica originates from compression of the sciaticnerve itself or the nerves that make up the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can even occur from non-musculoskeletal disorders like diabetes and constipation, or from small activities like sitting uncomfortably on your wallet!

 

Sciatica can also result from damage to the discs between the vertebra that make up your spine. These soft, pulpy discs can bulge, herniate or rupture if too much pressure is placed on them. This puts stress on nearby nerves, resulting in swelling, inflammation and pain. Once a disc has been damaged, pain symptoms of sciatica can appear on small actions, like coughing, sneezing or twisting. Pain usually worsens with long periods of sitting or standing, or with extended bed rest.

 

People can experience sciatica in a variety of symptoms, intensity and frequency. Commonly, sciatic pain includes achy, sharp pins and needles down the leg, with a sensation similar to electric shocks. Sciatic nerve pain can also involve numbness, burning and muscle weakness. Pain can last for a few hours, or last as long as weeks.

 

As there are many causes of sciatica, is it important to first identify what the underlying problem is. Treatment for sciatica must be tailored to address the root of the problem, or it will not be effective. Chiropractors are specially trained in assessing and identifying the source of sciatica. Investigation of underlying causes involves taking a full medical history, examination of the affected area, and occasionally x-rays or MRIs.

 

The doctors at Valley Chiropractic Group can then design a treatment plan based on the cause, symptoms and the history of the individual's episodes. Sciatica treatment may involve soft tissue therapy to reduce any muscle inflammation or tension, and chiropractic adjustments to realign the vertebra and discs in the spine. Sciatica exercises can also be recommended, to improve the motion in the area, and to reduce painful symptoms.

 

Fortunately, sciatica often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic adjustments has produced results for millions. Many patients report that they can resume their lives and their symptoms disappear without drugs and surgery. At Valley Chiropractic Group, our doctors are uniquely skilled to evaluate and reduce the most common causes of sciatica nerve pain.


Carpel Tunnel Syndrome treatment


 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is a situation where the median nerve is being compressed or irritated at the wrist. This causes pain and numbness into the palm of the hand to the first three fingers and thumb. It is usually an overuse syndrome of repetitive flexion of the wrist and or gripping.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the median nerve which travels through the wrist is being compressed, causing pain and numbness in the hand. The canal is narrow and when any of the nine long flexor tendons passing through it swells or degenerates, the narrowing of the canal often results in the median nerve getting entrapped or compressed resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS.

 

It is important to note that other conditions can result in the same or similar symptoms of that of CTS. These do not always occur at the wrist. A pair of nerve roots, a left and right, emerge from the spinal cord at each vertebral level of the spine.The median nerve is formed by several nerve roots emerging from the lower neck. From there, they travel down the arm forming the median nerve which then goes to the wrist and hand. Compression or irritation anywhere along this course can cause the symptoms of CTS but it is only when it is caused at the wrist that it is considered to be carpal tunnel syndrome. Therefore it is important to direct the care to the appropriate level or cause in order to obtain for proper resolution of symptoms.

 

There are many identifiable symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These include painful tingling in the hands, weakness in fingers, feelings of swelling in fingers with no apparent swelling, and shooting pain through the arm. This pain is most often at its worst in the evening, and particularly affects the thumb and first two fingers.

 

CTS can originate from a number of activities, the most common of which being repetitive keyboard typing. It can also occur with repetitive gripping and flexing of the wrist as with meat cutters or cashiers. Pregnancy is another common patient group of CTS suffers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops most commonly in people aged 40-60, particularly women. Certain lifestyle factors can also influence Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, such as cigarette smoking and high caffeine and alcohol use.

 

A thorough examination by one of our doctors can determine whether your wrist pain is due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or another musculoskeletal condition.

 

There are many helpful Carpal Tunnel Syndrome remedies. While some medical professionals suggest surgery to remove the pressure on the nerves, more conservative and less invasive options are available. Treatment at our clinics may involve joint manipulation or mobilization, massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, splinting, rehabilitative exercises, ice and heat.

 

Splinting of the wrists is common for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, to stabilize the wrist and prevent further damage from excessive movement. While this can provide relief to symptoms, it can occasionally result in the wrist muscles becoming weak and lazy. Therefore we will closely monitor the progress of any splinting, and recommend alternative treatments if splinting is not the preferred option. Behavior modification may be necessary, and advice can be given as to how to implement changes in your work and daily life. Paying attention to proper ergonomic principles and posture can also help overcome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.