If you’ve injured your wrist, you feel a combination of physical pain and frustration. Depending on its severity, it might not be serious enough to warrant going to a doctor.
So, what can you do about it, aside from putting a bandage and ice on your wrist? Actually, you might be surprised to find out that you can go to a chiropractor for a wrist injury.
Why Do You Need a Chiropractor for Wrist Pain?
When you hear the word “chiropractor,” the first thing that comes to mind is the back. Everyone has an image in their minds of a chiropractor adjusting a patient’s back. So, if chiropractors only work on backs, how can they help your injured wrist?
Here’s the thing about the human body: everything inside of it is interconnected. So, the nerves in the back of the neck actually run down from your shoulders to your arms. Let’s say that the muscles or nerves in the back of your neck aren’t aligned properly. That misalignment causes the muscles in your wrists and lower arms to weaken, causing pain.
Secondly, overuse of your joints can lead to pain. Let’s say you’ve started an exercise regimen that includes pushups or planks. These moves require wrist strength. When you start doing more planks or pushups, you’re putting more stress on your wrist, which leads to injury.
Exercise isn’t the only form of overuse. You can strain your wrists by performing repetitive motions such as typing. Spending a great deal of time typing without proper ergonomic support can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS occurs when the tunnel protecting the median nerve (which runs from the forearm down to your palm) becomes squeezed at the wrist.
How Can a Chiropractor Help You?
So, how can a chiropractor alleviate wrist pain? First, he or she will assess your neck muscles as well as the muscles and joints in your arm. The chiropractor can determine how strong those muscles are, and what he or she needs to adjust.
Then, the chiropractor will use his or her hands to manually adjust the joints to realign them. Joints that are in alignment are stronger, healthier joints. And when you’ve got strong, healthy joints, you’ll be able to exercise and live an active, happy life.
Moreover, chiropractors can help patients avoid surgery. In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, an experienced chiropractor will be able to adjust the joints in the wrist. This adjustment can reduce the thickening and enlargement of the carpal tunnel, without having to go under the knife.
Adjusting Your Expectations
If you’ve got wrist pain, contact the Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center at 704-659-4574. Dr. Alec Khlebopros is a chiropractor with experience in treating wrist injuries from sports, exercise and CTS. Why continue to suffer from wrist pain when a chiropractor can help you today?