Repetitive motion injuries are a common complaint among American adults, with one of the most common injuries among them being carpal tunnel syndrome. If you work in an office setting, you probably complete a number of repetitive tasks that can lead to serious injury, if not handled properly. Below are three common repetitive motion injuries and how working with a chiropractor can help to lessen their effects.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive motions that cause inflammation of the tendons and ligaments, such as constant use of a computer keyboard, are the main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. These inflamed tendons and ligaments put pressure on the median nerve, causing pain, numbness, and weakness.
If not treated properly, carpal tunnel can worsen overtime and can even cause permanent damage. Prevention is a huge part of carpal tunnel treatment, so modifications at work, such as a wrist support, are vital. If modifications don't prove helpful, your chiropractor can work with the joints and musculature surrounding the injury, working to relieve pressure and lessen the impact of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tendons are an important part of your body's musculature that connects muscle to the bones. When tendons become inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, and can lead to permanent breakdown of the tendon if not dealt with appropriately.
As with carpal tunnel mentioned above, it's important to prevent the injury from reoccurring. Your chiropractor can help you to understand your injury better so that you can make necessary modifications in your workplace. Aside from prevention, your chiropractor will work with you to pinpoint the area of pain, and then loosen up and strengthen affected muscles. There are a number of methods your chiropractor can employ, such as electrical muscle stimulation and manual trigger point therapy.
Bursitis is a painful condition affecting the fluid-filled sacs found within joints, called bursa. When these sacs become inflamed, it can cause pain, as well as significantly affect range of motion.
If your chiropractor suspects bursitis, they may order further testing, such as an MRI or ultrasound. These imaging tests can be used to confirm inflammation of the bursa, and can be helpful in treatment. While joint manipulation of the surrounding joints is a common treatment method, your chiropractor may employ others as well, such as ice massage or ultrasound therapy. These can be helpful in lessening the pain and improving your joint's range of motion.
If you work in an office setting, you may feel as if constant aches and pains come with the job. If you're experiencing pain similar to any of the conditions listed above, you should consult with a chiropractor, like those at Dimond Chiropractic Center, immediately. Failure to treat these issues can lead to permanent damage and continuous pain.
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