What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpus is a word derived from the Greek word karpos, which means “wrist.” The wrist is surrounded by a band of fibrous tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint. The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel.
The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel to receive sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the hand. Any condition that causes swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel can squeeze and irritate the median nerve. Irritation of the median nerve in this manner causes tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, and the middle fingers known as “carpal tunnel syndrome.”
- Daytime tingling in the hands, followed by a decreased ability to squeeze things
- Numbness in hand, wrist or fingers
- Tingling hand(s) pins & needles
- Feeling of swollen hands, although they do not look swollen
- Loss of strength in the muscle at the base of the thumb, near the palm
- Pain shooting from the hand up the arm as far as the shoulder, often felt at night
A carpal tunnel chiropractor can help to alleviate muscle aches and mobility stiffness by applying safe and effective treatments. The methods most chiropractors use to treat CTS include manipulation of the wrist, elbow, and upper spine. Your chiropractor will perform a physical examination and some simple tests to determine if there is a loss of sensation or some weakness in your thumb or fingers. Your chiropractor may also perform more sophisticated diagnostic procedures ranging from a nerve conduction study, X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to reveal the cause and the nature of the injury.