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If you type all day, play sports like tennis or golf, or do work requiring any sort of repetitive motion while utilizing your hands and wrists, you are at an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. If you think you might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our chiropractor in Tulsa, Dr. Christopher Cole, who provides diagnosis, treatment, and counsel for patients seeking relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to a group of symptoms which occur when the median nerve becomes compressed. The median nerve, along with several tendons, runs the length of your forearm through a small opening called the carpal tunnel to your hand. The median nerve is responsible for controlling your thumb, pointer, middle, and ring fingers, but not the pinky finger. When the carpal tunnel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress, injury, arthritis, or another reason, it exerts pressure on the median nerve, leading to the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. These symptoms include numbness, pain, and/or tingling in your hand, wrist, forearm, and/or upper arm. Those affected might also experience stiffness in the wrist and fingers upon waking, pain which disturbs sleep, and difficulty gripping objects.
To diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, our chiropractor will discuss current symptoms with patients as well as perform a physical examination, looking for signs of inflammation. Dr. Cole might also ask patients about diabetes, pregnancy, lupus, hyperthyroidism, and lifestyle to determine any factors which might increase a patient's risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
If diagnosed, Dr. Cole works with each patient to adjust their lifestyles, activities, and workspaces to reduce the risk of irritating the condition. He will also provide a personalized treatment plan incorporating a combination of therapies and treatments including chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound therapy, and corrective exercise, designed to target and address any underlying health or musculoskeletal issues which could aggravate the carpal tunnel. Using a three-step wellness plan, our chiropractor first addresses pain management, helping patients find natural relief. He then addresses healing, and finally recovery and prevention of future incidents with an ongoing wellness plan.
If you suspect you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, we encourage you to find effective pain relief with natural and non-invasive treatment methods from our chiropractor in Tulsa. Contact our office at 918-664-2273 to schedule an appointment, learn more about our services, or to ask about our free consultations for new patients. We look forward to helping you feel better while achieving your health and wellness goals.