Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an overuse condition frequently resulting from extensive typing/computer work is less than ideal conditions. The carpal tunnel is a structure in the wrist where the wrist bones create a tunnel on the sides and top and the Carpal Ligament at the bottom. The nerve involved is the median nerve and receives information from the first 3 ½ digits of the hand starting with the thumb side. The syndrome is cause by thickening of the tendons passing through the carpal tunnel, and swelling within the tunnel. This can pinch the nerve, causing numbness in the fingers.
Chiropractic treatment of the carpal tunnel involves adjusting the carpal bones, stabilizing the tunnel, and allowing the swelling and thickening of the tendons to resolve naturally. Things to look for is a crunching sound or snapping sound when rolling the wrist. This is an indication that the bones are not properly positioned allowing instability in the area, which can aggravate the syndrome. By adjusting the carpal bones, we are able to reduce the instability, and sometimes prevent the need for further carpal tunnel surgery or the need for the use of medications or injections. Exercises are also beneficial for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and will also help to stabilize the carpal bones. The combination of these treatments are very effective.