Carpal tunnel syndrome is often assumed that surgery is required to correct it. This couldn’t be further from the truth and there are stipulations in place that all healthcare professionals need to follow before such a claim is made. Despite this, sometimes this guidance isn’t followed and patients are put in for surgery when they might not need it.
The guidance comes from a 2017 Washington State CTS treatment guideline:
“All of the following criteria must be met for surgery to be authorized:
- The clinical presentation is consistent with CTS
- The EDS [electrodiagnostic studies] criteria for CTS have been met
- The patient has failed to respond to conservative treatment that included wrist splinting and/or injection”
Before surgery should even be considered, there are several things that should be tried and explored. For instance, wrist splints to be worn at night and even during the day at times. Studies have shown between 30% and 70% of people respond well to this treatment over a few months of consistent wearing.
Furthermore, glucocorticoids injections into the area also provide pain relief from the syndrome for around half the people, along with exercises in the wrist and arm.
Chiropractic care is also something that can help with carpal tunnel syndrome and it can certainly relieve pain, tingling and the numbness that the syndrome affects. The adjustments and mobilizations along the wrist and median nerve help to reduce inflammation which is a cause of the issue.
Eating anti inflammatory foods such as ginger, salmon and turmeric also have been shown to reduce the problem.
These are just a few treatments that can help with carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, and a combination of the above can even accelerate healing as well.
It is therefore highly beneficial to seek these alternatives prior to surgery, all are non invasive and conservative in their approach and thus should be explored first.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, do not hesitate in contacting us today. Do not go for surgery until you have tried the above. We are walk in friendly and would love to help you out of pain. Call today (509) 327-4049 or simply walk in and we will help you.