Functional Neurology Helps Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Neuropathies affect more individuals than epilepsy, HIV, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease combined.

Neuropathy is caused by the injury or malfunction of one or more nerves, resulting in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and pain in the affected area.

Neuropathies commonly begin in the hands and feet, but other areas of the body might be affected as well.

Many people are turning to functional neurology as an alternative form of treatment when traditional medical procedures are no longer able to help them resolve chronic health concerns, particularly for those who wish to avoid invasive surgeries.

Patients suffering from permanent damage or chronic neuropathy benefit from treatments performed in Functional Neurology such as electrostimulation and massage therapy. Functional Neurology helps treat carpal tunnel syndrome without the need for medicines or surgery. Chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, and dietary changes are among common treatments for general nerve damage.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common neuropathy that causes hand and forearm numbness, tingling, and pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the space in the wrist (the carpal tunnel) narrows.

This compresses the median nerve and tendons (which are located inside the carpal tunnel), causing them to enlarge and cut off sensation in the fingers and hand.

It affects people who constantly utilize their wrists and hands at work and recreation. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone, however, it is uncommon before the age of 20. The likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome increases with age.

People who engage in hobbies or jobs that require repeated finger use are at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. High-force (hammering) motions, long-term use, severe wrist motions, and continual vibration can all put persons at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

There are numerous more factors that can contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Heredity (smaller carpal tunnels can run in families), pregnancy, hemodialysis (a blood filtration process), wrist fracture/dislocation, hand or wrist deformity, arthritic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, thyroid gland hormone imbalance (hypothyroidism), Diabetes, alcoholism, a tumor in the carpal tunnel, aging, and amyloid deposits are some of the risk factors (an abnormal protein).

Women are also more likely than men to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Require Surgery?

It depends on the severity of the nerve damage.

If the condition is detected early, nonsurgical methods may be recommended.

A splint that holds the wrist stationary while you sleep can help reduce tingling and numbness at night. Even if you just use the splint at night, it can help prevent symptoms throughout the day. If you’re pregnant, nighttime splinting may be a viable alternative because it doesn’t require the use of any medications to be effective.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). In the short term, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, and others) may help reduce pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. However, there is no evidence that these medications improve carpal tunnel syndrome.

Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and edema, releasing pressure from the median nerve. For treating carpal tunnel syndrome, oral corticosteroids are not as effective as corticosteroid injections. To ease pain, your provider may inject a corticosteroid such as cortisone into the carpal tunnel. The clinician may use an ultrasound to guide these injections at times.

Surgery, on the other hand, may be necessary if symptoms are severe or do not respond to other therapies. The purpose of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on the median nerve by cutting the ligament that is pressing on it. The procedure can be conducted using one of two methods:

To examine the inside of the carpal tunnel, endoscopic surgery employs a telescope-like device with a tiny camera attached (endoscope). The ligament is severed by the surgeon through one or two tiny incisions in the hand or wrist. Some surgeons may utilize ultrasound instead of a telescope to guide the cutting tool.

For the most severe situations, open surgery is an option. To release the nerve, a surgical incision is made in the palm of the hand over the carpal tunnel, cutting through the ligament. In the first few days or weeks after surgery, open surgery may cause more discomfort than endoscopic surgery.

Chiropractic adjustments, as well as other types of discomfort, can help ease stress, strain, and compression of the nerves using manual manipulations and hands-on approaches, making Functional Neurology a fantastic, non-invasive, and effective therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome.

All of these specialist chiropractic treatment methods strive to realign the body. Functional Neurology helps treat carpal tunnel syndrome by delivering healing and relief directly to the site of your pain.

What is Functional Neurology?

Functional neurology is a medical specialty that assists in the diagnosis and treatment of simple and severe neurological problems without the use of medications or surgery.

It is a relatively new specialty that focuses on the assessment, measurement, and rehabilitation of the human nervous system through the use of sensory and cognitive-based therapies to increase neuroplasticity, integrity, and nerve function.

Functional neurology is used to treat a variety of neurological and brain-based illnesses, including concussions and post-concussion syndrome (PCS), headaches and migraines, dizziness and balance difficulties, and nerve damage observed in structural neuropathies including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Through rigorous assessment, Functional Neurologists will evaluate which sections of a person’s neurological system are weak and devise an appropriate treatment to improve the quality of how their nervous system performs.

Because the majority of functional neurology practitioners are chiropractors, the field is sometimes known as chiropractic neurology.

However, many different types of healthcare practitioners are represented within the functional neurology profession, including medical doctors, osteopaths, physical therapists, naturopathic physicians, and many more disciplines in the health and medical field.

How Does Functional Neurology Help Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. When the spine or other bones are misaligned, it puts pressure on the neurological system that passes through it, which can be excruciatingly painful and cause blockages in nerve channels.

Pain frequently triggers our Sympathetic Nervous System, preventing our bodies from resting appropriately. A blocked nervous system means that neurons are unable to communicate with one another.

Misalignment and obstructions can damage the operation of our entire neurological system, resulting in chronic pain, migraines, poor circulation, decreased movement, and a variety of other health conditions such as back hunching, limping, and erratic breathing, to mention a few.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because it is frequently impossible to determine its exact cause, but Functional Neurologists have special experience in diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome.

A functional neurologist often diagnoses neuropathies after doing a neurological exam and additional tests such as nerve conduction velocity test (NCV) to calculate the rate of transmission between two locations on a certain nerve; Electromyography (EMG) to evaluate muscle function via electrical impulses; and Autonomic reflex screen, combining heart rate variability testing with simultaneous blood pressure readings from both arms-comparing results using frequency analysis.

Functional Neurology helps treat carpal tunnel syndrome without invasive surgery by adjusting and realigning the wrist and elbow joints to open up the nervous system’s pathways, allowing blood flow and neural connections to flow freely, reducing any pressure on the median nerve, and thus allowing the nerves to heal over time.

Clinical investigations on patients diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome using EMG testing conclusively prove that chiropractic adjustments can relieve symptoms.

Functional Neurologists use a low amplitude, short lever, low power, and high-velocity thrust on the cervical spine, elbows, and wrists three times each week for four weeks. Significant gains in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were observed throughout the testing period as patients’ carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms began to fade.

Chiropractic manual adjustments directly treat the underlying cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome for significant pain relief. When you come to our clinic for an adjustment, a chiropractor will examine your entire body and use specialized tools and techniques to establish what is causing your carpal tunnel discomfort and provide a realistic solution for relief. This can include problems with the upper spine, nerve pressure, misalignments, or stress in the wrist or elbow.

Whatever the cause, functional neurologists may immediately treat these issues using non-invasive, painless manual adjustments and specific chiropractic techniques to relieve pressure and realign the body. Functional Neurology helps treat carpal tunnel syndrome by offering you pain relief straight at the source.

Recovering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome recovery might take weeks or months, depending on how soon you begin treatment and the sort of treatment you choose. It may take longer to recover if the pressure has been held in the median nerve for a long time.

After surgery, soreness or weakness may last several weeks to a few months. If your symptoms were severe, complications may not totally resolve after surgery.

During the healing process following surgery, the ligament tissues gradually re-grow, making more room for the nerve. Internal recovery takes several months, whereas skin healing takes only a few weeks.

After the ligament has healed, your provider will normally advise you to use the hand again, gradually returning to regular use while first avoiding vigorous hand motions or extreme wrist positions.