Has your doctor recommended surgery for your hand and wrist pain? Do you want to explore other options before going the surgery route? After all, carpal tunnel surgery can leave you unable to use your hand for up 12 weeks!
There may be other solutions.
Ergonomic workstation – carpal tunnel is a repetitive stress injury. It’s essentially a pinched nerve running down your forearm and into your hand. It’s aggravated by slumping and looking down for long periods. Check your posture. Rounded shoulders and upper back are typical of hours at the computer.
If you’re hunched over your computer all day, it can lead to neck and back pain as well as carpal tunnel problems.
You can adjust your work area by adjusting your chair and raising your monitor so it’s eye level.
Ergonomic keyboards and wearable wrist supports can help too.
Chiropractic treatment –Your spine connects to your arm, wrist and hand through nerves, muscles, tendons and a series of bones. When these bones and muscles are out of alignment, this will contribute to your chronic pain. Chiropractic adjustments will realign your spine and reduce pain.
Regular massage—a monthly massage can help your muscles release tension so they’re more pliable. When combined with regular chiropractic treatments, you’ll get the most benefit.
The chiropractic adjustment realigns your spine while the massage realigns your muscles and helps them hold your spinal adjustment longer.
When used in conjunction these three options may reduce your need for carpal tunnel surgery. Considering the pain of surgery and the downtime, isn’t it worth it? After all, surgery on your dominant hand can leave you unable to work for up to three months.
If you’re in the Doylestown area, Dr. Jeff McQuaite will take Xrays to establish a baseline and offer you a full range of options.