Chiropractor for Wrist Pain
Patients with Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Patients suffering from chronic hand & wrist pain have difficulty holding onto things with a firm grip. It could be tough to carry a frying pan or chop some vegetables because your hand doesn't feel good when you're squeezing hard.
Some patients also find it difficult to write neatly with a pen. It could be tough to play a musical instrument or type on a keyboard because using your fingers individually becomes challenging.
Patients with chronic hand & wrist pain generally feel a tingling, electric-like sensation in their palms. Every patient experiences these symptoms differently, so it can be difficult to describe what you're feeling accurately.
Some patients describe their wrist and hand pain as a feeling of "pins & needles" or numbness. Often times these symptoms can travel down to one or several fingers, depending on which nerve is causing the chronic pain.
Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain Causes
Chronic pain is usually caused by prolonged stress on your nerves. Stress can come in many forms, and is typically dependant on your environment, lifestyle and habits.
For chronic hand & wrist pain, here are some common causes:
- High risk professions (electrician, nurse, musician)
- Hand trauma
- Keyboard and mouse overuse
- Caring for newborn baby
- Wear and tear (age related)
Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain Facts
Misconceptions about Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Most people think that chronic hand & wrist pain is caused by broken bones or a fracture. This may be true for acute pain episodes following a fall or other injury, but these seldom last for more than 6 to 12 weeks.
Another mistake people make is to start stretching, pulling or moving their wrists around in the hopes of "freeing up" their joints and muscles. This can potentially lead to bigger problems because of excessive stress onto your wrists and the surrounding tissues (bones, ligament & tendons).
Conditions Associated with Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand repetitive overuse
- Hand arthritis
Solutions for Chronic Hand & Wrist Pain
Chronic Pain is a Nerve Problem
Traditionally, patients with hand & wrist pain address their chronic pain with quick fix solutions. These include applying heat, ice, stretching, massaging the painful area and pain medication.
However, because chronic pain is different from normal pain, these solutions only address the "tip of the iceberg". Chiropractic on the other hand addresses the "whole of the iceberg", allowing for natural chronic pain relief by addressing the patient's nerves.
What is Carpal Tunnel Pain?
Before seeing a Chiropractor for carpal tunnel nerve pain, you need to know the following.
Pain from carpal tunnel syndrome starts in your wrist. Some patients experience hand pain, tingling in their fingers, even elbow pain.
Moreover, you may feel a burning pain in the palm of your hand. Some patients report difficulty gripping everyday objects.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?
There are 8 bones in your wrist. Together, they form a space resembling a tunnel.
There's a very important nerve that passes through it. When your wrist bones subluxate, this nerve becomes irritated.
Hence, you may get numbness or pins and needles in your hand, wrist and fingers. Sometimes, the pain is shooting.
Another carpal tunnel cause is arthritis. Other causes include:
- high blood pressure.
- fall injuries.
- neck nerve impingement.
Chiropractor for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel treatment using Chiropractic is a great way to fix your pain. Chiropractic treatment is hands-on, so you don't have a long list of exercises to do all day.
Dr Kelvin Chew is experienced with carpal tunnel patients. At You Chiropractic, our carpal tunnel patients first have their initial assessment.
Then, your Chiropractor Adelaide will assess your hand, wrist, elbow and neck to determine the root cause. Next, you'll get x-rays of your neck which will help with fixing your subluxations.
How Many Treatments for Carpal Tunnel with a Chiropractor?
Will carpal tunnel go away? How do you get carpal tunnel pain relief?
Patient improvement will vary. Depending on which disc is bulging and the severity of symptoms, it can take 6-12 weeks to get better.
Fortunately, many patients feel a difference within the first 2 weeks of Chiropractic care.
Following that, the goal is to restore function and fix the underlying cause of your bulging disc. For this reason, you'll enjoy a young, healthy spine.