Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a ‘repetitive stress injury’. Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in the wrist. This "tunnel" allows for the median nerve, which extends from the spine to the hand, to pass through. Any swelling of the carpal tunnel can cause compression on the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and potentially cutting off or limiting feeling and movement to portions of the hand. Women are three times as prone to developing the condition as men. Experts are unsure why women are more likely to get CTS, but evidence suggests that genetics could play a role as well; some people simply have a smaller carpal tunnel than others.
What are the symptoms?
- Hand clumsiness/loss of control
- Itchy or burning sensation, typically in palms, the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger or wrists.
- An inability to grasp properly
- Loss of strength in your fingers making it difficult to grip things like writing utensils, open jars, etc.
- Loss of temperature sensation in your fingers.
CTS is often misdiagnosed as irritation of the median nerve can result in other conditions, with similar symptoms to CTS, such as arthritis, subluxations or disc degeneration in the cervical spine.
How can Chiropractic Help?
New research into carpal tunnel syndrome has revealed that the pain it causes in the wrist and arm is likely just symptomatic of problems elsewhere in the body. These results from recent studies only confirm something that chiropractors have known for decades: carpal tunnel pain has its origins in the upper spine, not the arm and wrist itself. The median nerve originates in the cervical spine. Organizations such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and the University of Maryland Medical Center list chiropractic as an alternative treatment for CTS.
The chiropractic approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome is much less invasive than the typically recommended surgery as Dr. Carter will investigate and locate any potential interference in your spinal vertebrae that may be causing compression of the nerves. First Dr. Carter will seek to relieve the irritation and pain in the wrist in arm, then will turn the focus on the neck. In treating carpal tunnel syndrome chiropractors have a range of therapeutic approaches from spinal adjustment to trigger point therapy, and from prescribing home exercise to advice on how to avoid further injury.
Family Tree Complete Care is here to help Oklahoma City residents explore their options for carpal tunnel symptom relief through chiropractic care and treatments. Contact us today to set up a free consultation at (405) 757-2577 to see how we can help you!