Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the pinched or inflamed median nerve. The nerve starts in the spine, travels around the shoulder, elbo, then down the wrist to the palm. The nerve can be irritated anywhere along the course, neck to palm. Activities that involve repetitive use of the hand can cause a pinching sensation. Injury such as a broken wrist or a dislocated hand bone might have damaged the nerve, or arthritic damaged misaligned vertebral can cause the nerve to stop working well.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and loss of grip strength might be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Be aware of the area where the numbness occurs. This will help identify the specific nerve that is damaged. Do you wake to a painfully numb feeling in your hand? Do you feel weakness in your wrist when lifting small items? These can be symptoms of CTS. This is a common nerve problem that your chiropractor can help you with.
“Our approach is two fold, examine the spine for nerve irritations as well as the wrist palm and forearm.”
Chiropractic adjustments and treatments have been shown to be the most effective method of Carpal Tunnel treatment because it directly treats the nerve damage involved. Some physicians will prescribe medications or inject corticosteroids to temporarily relieve pain and swelling, but this does not treat the problem, only the symptoms. Surgery but can scar the ligament, resulting in a weakened ligament that will allow symptoms to reoccur. This surgery has a high failure rate. Chiropractic Adjustment can treat many Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases without drugs or surgery.
Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center