Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist.
A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems and possibly patterns of hand use.
Bound by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers.
Compression of the nerve produces the numbness, tingling and, eventually, hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fortunately, for most people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome, proper treatment usually can relieve the tingling and numbness and restore wrist and hand function.
Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts gradually with numbness or tingling in your thumb, index and middle fingers that comes and goes. This may be associated with discomfort in your wrist and hand. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:
1 Tingling or numbness. You may experience tingling, pins and needles and numbness in your fingers or hand, especially your thumb and index, middle or ring fingers, but not your little finger. This sensation often occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper or, commonly, waking you from sleeping. The sensation may extend from your wrist up your arm. any people “shake out” their hands to try to relieve their symptoms. As the disorder progresses, the numb feeling may become constant.
2 Weakness. You may experience weakness in your hand and a tendency to drop objects. This may be due to the numbness in your hand or weakness of the thumb’s pinching muscles, which are controlled by the median nerve.
How can Chiropractic treatments help?
After taking a full case history, a variety of orthopedic and chiropractic tests, on the wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck and vertebral column are carried out so as to establish the original cause or causes of your symptoms. Your chiropractic treatment will concentrate on all the areas involved. This normally includes the spine, hands and wrists.
Unfortunately, due to lack of information, many patients come to us in desperation as a last resort and after having consulted many other specialists. It is advisable to try a course of chiropractic treatment, before resorting to surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. You may find, that surgery is not required.