Hand & Wrist
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Did you know that your hands and wrists combined make up approximately 1/4th of all the bones in your body?
And just like every other part of your body, the alignment of all of these bones are crucial for allowing your hands and wrists to feel good, move well, and most importantly function correctly. The three most common wrist/hand conditions we see on a daily basis are sharp pain on the top of your wrist when pressure is applied, carpal tunnel syndrome, and numbness in the 4th and 5th fingers. It's important to understand that not all wrist and hand conditions are caused by something wrong in that area. Oftentimes wrist and hand conditions are caused by misalignments in the neck, shoulder, or elbow. This is because the nerves in your hands and wrists originate in the neck and travel through the shoulder and elbow to get to your hand. This is why chiropractors check the entire body and not just the area of concern. When the problem is found, we are able to adjust the areas back into proper alignment to allow your hands and wrists to feel better and heal properly. The dexterity of our hands and wrists is one of the reasons why humans were able to thrive over all other specials. For that reason alone it's best that you take good care of your hands and wrists by reaching out to us today!
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pronator Teres Syndrome
- Subluxed Carpal Bone
- Wrist Arthritis
- Median Nerve Compression
- Ganglion Cyst
- De Quervain's Disease
- Kienbock Disease
- Avascular Necrosis of Scaphoid
Can a chiropractor help with
Yes, a chiropractor can help with wrist pain. The reason why chiropractors have a lot of success with wrist pain is because the cause of pain is not always in the wrist. Sometimes the cause is in the elbow, shoulder, and even neck! This is why chiropractors do a full examination to see exactly what is causing your wrist pain so it doesn't just feel better temporarily, but rather stay feeling better longer. Chiropractors are trained to be able to adjust any joint in the body, the wrist included. So if you've been experiencing wrist pain, be sure to schedule here so we can discover exactly what is causing the pain and work on helping the issue.
How does a chiropractor
adjust the wrist?
There are many ways that chiropractors adjust wrists. It normally involves contacting particular carpal bones in your wrist and doing a flick-like motion to restore motion to the joint and allow your wrist to have proper alignment. Chiropractors can also use spring loaded instruments to conduct gentle adjustments to different areas of your wrist. Chiropractors normally check the elbow joint as well since the two joints are closely related and can affect each other.
What causes carpal tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve is impinged as it travels through the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is located on the bottom side of the wrist and is made up of the carpal bones and ligaments. The "tunnel" starts to shrink due to tight, overused muscles, improper movements, and misalignments in the wrists. This "shrinking" applied pressure to the median nerve causing pain, tingling, and numbness to the hands. The proper space in the tunnel must be restored in order for the median nerve to not be impinged. Chiropractic adjustments are perfect for realigning the carpal bones of the wrist, allowing your muscles to function correctly, and improve the movement of the wrist. So if you've been experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, then be sure to schedule here so we can help introduce more space into the carpal tunnel and allow the median nerve to function as it is meant to.
Why do my hands feel numb?
Numb hands can be caused by several conditions. In the chiropractic sense, numb hands are often due to nerve entrapment. The three nerves that go into your hand are called the median nerve, radial nerve, and ulnar nerve. These nerves originate from the neck and travel down the shoulder to the arm and end in your hands. If these nerves become impinged along the way, then the result can be a feeling of numb hands. Examining this pathway and detecting sites of impingement is needed in order to make a correction. Chiropractors are trained to find these sites of impingement and correct them in order for these nerves to function correctly. When the nerves are no longer pinched, the numb feeling often goes away as well. So if you've been experiencing numb hands, then schedule your first appointment here so we can find out exactly what is causing this sensation.
Can a chiropractor help my
wrist feel better when I'm in a plank position?
Yes, chiropractors can help your wrist feel better while exercising. Plank positions and handstands can create pain in the wrists if bones in the wrist are out of alignment or if your hands are not engaging correctly. The pinpoint pain most people feel on the top, center of your wrist when pressure is applied is normally due to one of the carpal bones being misaligned. Chiropractors are trained to find the misalignment in the wrist and correct it so the wrist can return to functioning, feeling, and moving better. Also, if you do not engage your hands or have trouble engaging your hands during these movements, then the weight of your body does not get distributed and instead settles into one spot in your wrist, which will result in pain. Learning how to engage your hands correctly during these movements will evenly distribute your weight to allow less pinpoint pain in your wrists. So if you've been avoiding handstands or plank position exercises because of pain, then schedule your first appointment here so we can get you back to doing these movements pain free.
Should I see a chiropractor
if I broke my wrist?
Yes you should see a chiropractor if you broke your wrist. However, you should not expect a chiropractor to fix a recently broken wrist. When a bone breaks, it will heal. The question is, did the bone heal correctly? Unfortunately, when a bone breaks and heals, it does not necessarily heal correctly. If a bone does not heal in proper alignment, it will make you more prone to similar injuries in the future or compensations that create other future issues. This is why chiropractors are trained to ensure that after the bone heals enough to be adjusted, it can be adjusted back into proper alignment. When your broken wrist heals and heals in proper alignment through chiropractic adjustments, your wrist will return to proper function with less of a chance of having further issues in the future. So if you've broken your wrist recently or in the past, be sure to schedule your first appointment here
Should I wear a brace for
It depends. In some instances, braces for wrist pain can act like a crutch. If your body adapts to the familiarity of wearing a wrist brace, then it will be highly reliant on always wearing the brace to avoid wrist pain. Depending on the condition, chiropractic can actually help relieve wrist pain so you no longer have to rely on wearing a wrist brace. Braces can be useful for temporary relief during a healing process, but relying on them for the rest of your life can drastically impact your wrists natural tendency to heal, feel, and function correctly. So if you've been relying on a wrist brace to relieve wrist pain but would prefer to naturally have a pain free wrist, then schedule here so we can take a look at your wrist.
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Austin, TX 78704