Carpal tunnel syndrome, sometimes shortened simply to carpal tunnel, is a condition causing pain and other problems in the hand and wrist. The median nerve, the main nerve that goes through the carpal tunnel into the wrist, can become compressed. This compression means that the nerve can't work properly, and a number of symptoms can result.
There are several common indicators of carpal tunnel syndrome. For most people, pain is the first symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. This pain usually originates in the wrist, but it may travel into the hand. Numbness and tingling in the hand, even the fingers, is also fairly common with carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people may experience an overall weakness in their hand, which can mean problems with grasping objects, picking up objects, or holding objects.
The most common carpal tunnel syndrome victims are people who work with their hands constantly. People who type on a computer every day, people who work on factory assembly lines, casino dealers, and mechanics are all common carpal tunnel sufferers. Anyone can develop carpal tunnel if they make a specific motion with their wrist over and over on a daily basis, however.
The chiropractor can treat carpal tunnel in an entirely non-invasive manner. Spinal issues, whether originating in the cervical spine or the lumbar spine, may be tied to carpal tunnel. Correction of these spinal issues can balance the nervous system and can alleviate many or all of the carpal tunnel symptoms. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the chiropractor may provide other effective carpal tunnel treatments like heat therapy, ice pack application, or ultrasound therapy. In some cases, the wrist can be strengthened with specific exercises provided by the chiropractor. The chiropractor may recommend a support device like a brace to support the patient's wrist as it heals.
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