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Spending hours everyday on a computer, using a handheld electronic device, writing or doing hobbies can all lead to hand pain. When this overuse is combined with poor ergonomics and conditions such as arthritis, many people begin to experience chronic pain that gets in the way of doing their favorite activities. With professional care from a chiropractor in Pittsburgh, you may be able to get back to doing your necessary work and leisure activities with your hands without experiencing pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Entrapped Medial Nerve

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition of the wrist in which the medial nerves become compressed by swollen tissues or bones that are out of alignment. As the nerve is compressed, you may have numbness, tingling and swelling in your hands. These symptoms make it difficult to grasp a pen or button a shirt. A Pittsburgh chiropractic provider may be able to get the bones of your wrist, lower arm and hand back into alignment and lessen the pressure on your medial nerve.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a swelling of the joints, and is the most common condition to affect a person’s hands. There are many forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, while osteoarthritis is caused by degeneration of the cartilage around the joints. As arthritis worsens, the joints become misaligned. A good chiropractor can realign the bones of the hand, which may reduce swelling and lessen pain. The chiropractor can also teach you stretching exercises to help keep your hands limber.

Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are lumps that often develop on the palm of the hand near the joints. When the hand’s bones are out of alignment, the extra pressure causes synovial fluid to build up in a bubble. The cyst may come and go. Activities like turning a doorknob or holding onto a steering wheel may be painful when there is a ganglion cyst on the hand. A chiropractor may be able to shift the hand’s bones back into alignment so that the fluid in the cyst drains, which allows the cyst to shrink in size.

Pittsburgh residents looking for quality chiropractic care know that they can count on chiropractic clinics such as Legacy Medical Centers to provide such services.

Sources:

Chiropractic Conditions, Chiropractic-Help.com

Hand Conditions, ChiropracticHandandFootClinics.com