Chiropractors can help people who have carpal tunnel syndrome. In concept, people should be seeing chiropractors regardless whether they have carpal tunnel syndrome or not. You see a dentist whether your teeth hurt or not. You go for periodic checkups to keep your teeth healthy. It’s the same concept with the spine. You want to make sure that your spine and neuro system are always functioning at their best to make sure that you function at your best.
When someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, they have pressure building up on the nerve system. It’s usually caused by a misalignment in one of the carpal bones or in one of the wrist bones making the tunnels that the nerves and arteries pass through a little bit smaller. Chiropractors are very well trained and are able to do adjustments or manipulations of those bones to try and create more room for those structures to pass through without irritating them. Correcting the alignment in the carpal tunnel will get pressure off of that specific nerve. Also, you can work up towards the spine especially in the neck because there is one very popular theory that talks about a double crush syndrome for carpal tunnel in that there is pressure building up in the wrist and also in the neck. That creates the perfect storm to allow these nerve impulses to be blocked and irritated and bounce back and forth in a more random way instead of actually getting to their end result.
Chiropractic is natural, drug-free and there are minimal side effects to what we do. I always recommend trying the least invasive form of care first. Seeing a chiropractor is not invasive at all for carpal tunnel. We just do some simple adjustments and some general work and then talk a little bit about the alignment and the setup of your work station or ergonomics. Chiropractors are very well trained in handling those types of conditions and certainly have helped very many people who have carpal tunnel syndrome. There are some cases that don’t respond to chiropractic care. Sometimes you need to move on to the next thing which might be anti-inflammatory therapy or physical therapy or things of that nature. Then if they are not really responding to any of the more conservative modalities, then sometimes ultimately surgery can even be warranted.
You always want to start with the least invasive things and then move on from there. You’re going to have the best results with the simple stuff. Then if it’s simply taken care of by just seeing a chiropractor and doing some simple exercises, a lot of those other things might not be warranted down the line. Start with the least invasive stuff and then move on. I recommend starting with a chiropractor first.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.