What Can A Bellevue Chiropractor Do For Carpal Tunnel?
“My name is Bill, and I work in the marketing department for Microsoft. Over the past three months I’ve been noticing that my day-to-day activities such as buttoning my shirt, opening the milk jug, and caring my briefcase are becoming increasingly difficult due to the pain that they cause.it seems as though the pain in my wrist and hand his worst when I’m at work, working on the computer. The pain is becoming so bad, that I am now worried that I will not be able to continue my job duties if it does not go away.what should I do?”
If this history sounds familiar, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS. It’s a very common disorder affecting millions each year. It is especially a huge concern for any one who works at a computer, typeing for long periods of time, like that of so many of us who work in Bellevue.
CTS is the result of pinching of the Median Nerve as it travels from the neck into the arm, through muscles in the forearm and into the hand through the carpal tunnel. This nerve can become pinched at the neck, any of the muscles in the arm, or bones of the wrist. This tunnel is quite small in size and included inside the tunnel are 9 tendons, blood vessels, and the median nerve. This condition usually occurs when the muscles joints and tendons of the forearm and hand are overworked, and swell up. Because the carpal tunnel is normally so tight, the increased swelling inside the tunnel pushes and pinches the median nerve creating the classic pain, numbness, tingling, and sometimes burning sensations often described by people suffering with CTS.
Carpal tunnel has been known to affect women more than men at a ratio of up to 4:1. The reason for this is that women have a smaller carpal tunnel in their wrist, and the median nerve and get pinched much easier.
Women also experience fluid retention or build up during menstruation leading to symptoms like swollen fingers and swollen and painful breasts. Inflammation in this already tight, small space of the wrist will increase the vulnerability of that person to carpal tunnel syndrome. Another hormone related cause or contributing factor is the use of birth control pills (BCPs). Since there are many different types of BCPs and each woman is unique and different, finding the BCP with the “right balance” of hormones where the swelling side effect is minimized is very important and should be discussed with the doctor who prescribed the BCPs.
Chiropractors are specialists in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome through the use of chiropractic adjustments, exercise, ergonomic help, and anti-inflammatory diet advise. If you struggle with CTS it would be beneficial to see a Bellevue chiropractor today to see if they can help you with your problem.
Dr. Michael Weir is a local practicingBellevue Chiropractor. His clinic, Back in Action Chiropractic, can be found at 1940 116th Ave NE #101, Bellevue WA 98004, and the clinic number is (425)635-0495.