Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome arises from pressure on the median nerve (from being trapped between swollen tendons) and leads to severe pain in the wrist and hands. Some suffer from a near complete inability to use their hand, loss of sensation and even partial paralysis.
Things that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Illnesses such as arthritis and diabetes
- Repetitive hand or wrist movements
- Bicycling, gymnastics or playing tennis
- Wrist injuries and bone spurs
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness, weakness, tingling or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people experience pain in their arm between the hand and elbow. Many people first notice their symptoms at night, or wake up with a numb or tingling hand and fingers.
Treatment options for those with carpal tunnel syndrome depend upon the severity of each case. The main objective is to relieve the pressure within the carpal tunnel, thus making more room for the median nerve to function.
We use a number of different methods to treat this condition. In many cases, a chiropractic adjustment to the affected area is an extremely effective solution. In some cases, a misalignment in either the back or neck can cause this condition, and chiropractic manipulation of the neck and/or spine can also serve as an effective treatment option. These treatments, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can, in most cases, effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.