Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Chiropractic Care
Background of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a disorder that affects the hand/wrist area. This is one of the most common entrapment neuropathies of the human body. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, rather than being a disorder affects the musculature of the hand and wrist, this disorder affects the median nerve. The affected median nerve then can affect the musculature of the wrist and hand. The median nerve runs through the forearm and into the hand. The syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel at the base of the wrist that is made up of bones, soft tissue, and tendons.
What Are The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, like most nerve related injuries, create burning, tingling, numbness, and itching of the palm of the affected hand. While the palm of the hand is one of the most common places to experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms, the thumb, index, and middle finger may also be affected. The entrapment of the median nerve causes little swelling, but affected fingers tend to feel “swollen” and can cause decreased sensation or mobility of the fingers. The first symptom is usually tingling of the palm and can progress to a decrease in grip strength and inability to sense temperatures by touch.
What Is The Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually treated conservatively before surgical intervention becomes an option. Typically the entrapment of the nerve is due to swelling of the structures surrounding the carpal tunnel. Rest and anti-inflammatory medication is usually the first step in treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. According the American Chiropractic Association; chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand, stretching and strengthening exercises, and soft tissue mobilization can be very helpful.