Chiropractic Treatment for Hand & Wrist Pain
Hand & Wrist Pain Relief in Charlotte, NC
The chiropractors at Keith Clinic often treat individuals that have suffered damage to their body from years of overuse and wear and tear. One area that is commonly affected by progressive deterioration is that of the hand and wrist.
Seeing a chiropractor for hand and wrist pain can help to alleviate the condition as soon as possible to prevent further damage, and to avoid more complicated methods of treatment such as surgery.
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Painful Hand & Wrist Symptoms We Treat
Many of our patients report similar symptoms when they begin to experience pain within the hand and wrist, including:
- Always being cold
- Limited mobility of the wrist and fingers
These symptoms of course are caused by a particular medical condition or repetitive motion of the hand and wrist. In order to effectively treat a person’s discomfort, the doctors at Keith Clinic will first try to accurately diagnose the source of the problem.
Common Causes of Hand & Wrist Pain
Most people are familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a nerve disorder that can often be attributed to hand and wrist pain that worsens throughout the day. Other medical conditions that frequently relate to a range of mild to severely painful symptoms of the hand and wrist include:
- De Quervain’s tendinitis
- Trigger finger
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Various forms of arthritis
- A fracture of the hand or wrist
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Wrist strain or sprain
- Sudden trauma to the area
Even if an individual has been previously diagnosed with one of the conditions mentioned above, your doctor at Keith Clinic will start by performing a thorough evaluation of the hand and wrist to determine specific pain points and other target areas for treatment. It is not uncommon for an X-ray to be completed during this preliminary stage in order to rule out any type of a break or fracture that may require additional treatment from an orthopedic specialist to ensure the bones are properly set before they can begin the healing process.
Chiropractic Treatments for Hand & Wrist Pain
Chiropractic treatment is ideal for individuals who encounter mild to moderate levels of pain in their hand or wrist, as well as those who are looking for alternatives to surgical intervention. The earlier a chiropractor can contribute to reducing a person’s hand and wrist pain, the better. As more time passes, there is a greater potential for more and more damage to affect the area, which will require more time and effort to treat without surgery.
The process of treating hand and wrist pain using chiropractic methods can be broken down into three major components:
- Realignment and decompression
- Reduction of swelling
- Proactive exercises
Realignment & Decompression
It is not uncommon for the many tiny bones within the hands or wrists to become slightly dislodged at any point in time. This may occur from a specific trauma to the area, or it could also be a result of a misalignment elsewhere in the body such as the upper back or neck. For example, a slipped disc of the spine can put added pressure on the nerves surrounding the spinal cord. If these nerves extend into the hand or wrist, they are likely to present painful symptoms in that particular area, even if there are no structural issues of the hand or wrist at all.
Reduction of Swelling
The hand and wrist often become inflamed as a result of conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. This inflammation often makes movement of the hand or wrist quite difficult, and so it is important to reduce this swelling right away before new stretches or exercises are applied.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, ice packs, massage, and electric muscle stimulation are each frequently used in combination by chiropractors to relieve a patient’s hand or wrist inflammation. Massage and muscle stimulation can also be highly effective in resolving symptoms of stiffness or limited motion.
Once an individual’s most painful symptoms have been addressed, Keith Clinic will move focus on trying to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the hand and wrist to reduce their likelihood of suffering a future injury. The specific exercises and stretches recommended will of course depend on the particular patient and what unique symptoms they wish to treat.
To find an answer to your own questions and concerns about chiropractic treatment for hand and wrist pain, please contact one of our three Charlotte locations today to set up an appointment with one of our skilled specialists!