Portland Car Accident Carpal Tunnel Chiropractor

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the median nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in the wrist where the median nerve and several tendons pass through.

When this area becomes compressed or irritated, it can lead to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur due to various factors, including repetitive motion or direct injury to the wrist as may occur in a car accident.

In the case of a car accident, the sudden impact and force can cause trauma to the soft tissues in the wrist, leading to carpal tunnel symptoms.

Accident victims may not immediately associate their wrist discomfort with carpal tunnel syndrome, as the focus is often on more apparent injuries such as fractures or nerve injuries

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Carpal Tunnel Symptoms After a Car Accident

Hand and wrist pain: Accident victims may experience sharp or dull pain in the hand and wrist, which can radiate up the arm.

Tingling or numbness: Numbness and a “pins and needles” sensation can occur in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger. This numbness may worsen at night.

Weakness and reduced grip strength: A weakened grip and difficulty holding onto objects may be experienced due to muscle weakness caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Swelling and stiffness: The wrist and hand may become swollen and stiff, making it challenging to perform basic tasks.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome developed in 96 patients within two months after a car accident. Forty-four (46%) of these 96 patients underwent carpal tunnel release. [1]

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Carpal Tunnel

Chiropractic adjustments aim to improve the function of the nervous system and relieve pressure on the median nerve through gentle manual manipulation. This natural method reduces the risk of complications and eliminates the potential side effects associated with medication.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. We may perform adjustments on the wrist, elbow, and neck to restore proper alignment and reduce tension on the median nerve.

We may use therapeutic exercises and stretches to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve flexibility. By addressing the root cause of the condition, chiropractic care can provide long-lasting relief rather than just temporarily masking the symptoms.

Chiropractic care may not completely eliminate the need for other treatment options, particularly in severe or chronic cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. 

What are the Treatments for Carpal Tunnel after a Car Accident? 

Spinal adjustments: Our chiropractors will perform spinal adjustments to relieve pressure on the nerves in the neck and upper back. By restoring proper spinal alignment, the function of the nervous system can be improved, potentially reducing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Extremity adjustments: Chiropractors may also perform adjustments on the affected wrist and hand joints to improve mobility and reduce inflammation. These targeted adjustments aim to relieve pressure on the median nerve and alleviate symptoms.

Soft tissue techniques: ProCare Chiropractors may incorporate soft tissue techniques such as myofascial release or trigger point therapy to address tight muscles and fascia surrounding the affected area. These techniques can help reduce tension and inflammation, providing relief to the carpal tunnel.

Ergonomic and lifestyle recommendations: Our chiropractors may provide recommendations on ergonomic modifications to your workspace or daily activities to prevent further strain on the wrists and hands. We may also suggest lifestyle changes, such as exercises and stretches, to help improve flexibility and reduce symptoms.

Why Choose ProCare Chiropractic?

At ProCare Chiropractic Center, our team of experienced chiropractors is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and personalized treatment options to address your specific needs. We believe in taking a multi-faceted approach to carpal tunnel syndrome, combining chiropractic techniques with other therapeutic modalities to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.

One of the key advantages of seeking chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome is the emphasis on non-invasive, drug-free treatments. Our chiropractors will start with a thorough examination to accurately diagnose your condition and identify the underlying causes.

We utilize a combination of techniques, including spinal adjustments, joint mobilization, and soft tissue therapies, to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.

At ProCare Chiropractic, we understand that each patient’s journey to recovery is unique, and we are committed to providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the treatment process.

Schedule a consultation with ProCare Chiropractic today, and let us help you find relief.

Sources:

[1] Goode, A. P., Freburger, J. K., & Carey, T. S. (2010, November 1). Prevalence, practice patterns, and evidence for chronic neck pain. Arthritis Care and Research; Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.2027

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