> Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tunnel Syndrome: Is it difficult to grasp a jar, bottle, or cup?
Have you lost the strength to twist open a large jar? Do you have
tingling or numbness in your hand, wrist, or fingers? Or, does your
wrist just plain hurt? If you have some or all of these symptoms,
you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
is CTS? It is common to hear this term used frequently when patients
have wrist or hand pain. The human body has two long bones that start
at the elbow and extend to our wrists. These bones are called the
ulna and the radius. Connective tissue attaches the bones near the
wrist from one side to the other. Picture in your mind, a piece of
silk attached to both bones and pulled tightly. The pressure on the
nerves below is the most common cause of true carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fortunately, not all wrist pain should be called
CTS. It is important to determine, if in fact, the symptoms are being
caused by the pressure on the nerves of the wrist, or if there is
a different cause of the problem. It is VERY common for these types
of symptoms to exist when there is a neck misalignment, history of
auto injury, or other spinal conditions. The nerves of the neck control
all the nerves of our arms and hands. If the nerves of the neck are
being compressed, wrist and hand pain is a common symptom. Your Doctor
of Chiropractic is trained to determine whether your condition is
a true carpal tunnel syndrome.
In some cases your chiropractor can use physical
therapy or manipulation of the wrist to alleviate the symptoms of
true CTS. In more serious cases, a surgical referral may be required.
If it is determined by your chiropractor that the cause of your symptoms
are due to a neck-related situation, a series of chiropractic adjustments
may be recommended. Whatever the cause, be assured that we will do
our best to lead you in the most appropriate direction for the resolution
of your health issue.