Dr. Eric Harter
F: (239) 772-1017
Kids & Adults
Abundant Life Chiropractic
1611 Santa Barbara Blvd Suite 170
Cape Coral, FL 33991
M|W|F: 8 am - 11 am
Thur: 9:30 am - 11 am
Mon-Thur: 2:30 pm - 6 pm
Saturday By appointment Only
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve is the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to; numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage to parts of the hand including the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger.
While some physicians will prescribe medications or inject corticosteroids to temporarily relieve pain and swelling, it does not treat the problem. Some doctors might recommend surgery in extreme cases. However, surgery can scar the ligament and will result in it becoming weakened and ultimately, symptoms will reoccur. Be sure to consult your chiropractor prior to surgery, as it should be your last resort.
Chiropractic manipulation has shown to be the most effective method of carpal tunnel treatment because chiropractors are experts in the nervous system. Dr. Harter may first perform an x-ray to determine the extent of the injury. He will then work to eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome by adjusting your wrist joints, elbows, shoulders, neck, and even your back. The median nerve stems through all of those locations so it is important to consider a pinched or inflamed nerve not only in the wrist, but elsewhere. It is important to know that it may take multiple visits before the condition is relieved. Until your condition is corrected, Dr. Harter may recommend wearing a wrist support which often helps to relieve symptoms, even while sleeping. He may also suggest varying your daily activities so you don't keep the same amount of pressure on your wrist all day. Other important alleviating factors to consider are: keeping your wrist straight when grasping items, performing stretching exercises, utilizing the use of heat and cold as prescribed by the chiropractor, and taking frequent breaks from using your hands. It is also vital to keep good posture and wrist position when working. You might want to try wearing fingerless gloves so your hands are warm and flexible. All of these preventative measures will help you avoid the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. The American Chiropractic Association states carpal tunnel is one of the most expensive workplace injuries. An individual who is affected by carpal tunnel syndrome may lose upward of $30,000 over the course of a lifetime through treatment and time off work. Early identification and chiropractic treatment of this problem may help to save time off work and prevent surgery!!!
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