Dr. Ruiz is skilled at treating carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) – a painful condition involving the hand and wrist. Symptoms often include numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle-wasting in the thumb and index finger. The fingers may also have a tendency to feel swollen, although no swelling is present. All of these symptoms are attributed to an irritation of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel.
Chiropractors like Dr. Ruiz are specifically trained in the art of locating and correcting sources of nerve interference caused by irritation and joint restriction. Orthopedic and neurological tests are used to determine the source of irritation. Chiropractic adjustments are used to restore proper mechanical function of the involved joints, including the wrist, elbow, or cervical spine.
When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome, prevention of the problem is always recommended. You should…
- Make sure that your work station is ergonomically set up. It’s one of the best ways to avoid improper posture and repetitive strain, both of which may contribute to CTS.
- Take regular breaks from repetitive movements.
- Stretch the muscles of the forearm, chest and neck.
If you start to feel the symptoms of CTS, ice the wrist several times a day to decrease inflammation in the area. Consult with Dr. Ruiz to ensure that you have proper positioning and movements of the joins and to test whether there are other contributing factors besides the carpal tunnel. To stop the problem worsening, you may require splints or braces. Studies have shown chiropractic care to be an effective tool to reduce the symptoms of CTS.