Carpal Tunnel

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is possibly the most common nerve disorders experienced today. It affects 4-10 million Americans and is usually very treatable and very correctable. Middle-aged to older individuals are more likely to develop the syndrome than younger persons, and females are three times more frequently than males.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel disables keys nerves, specifically the median nerve, resulting in a wide array of symptoms from numbness of the hands and fingers, weakness of the hands, loss of feeling, loss of hand function, as well, discomfort and pain.

It is commonly found that people wait to address their symptoms until it starts to affect their day to day activities.   Do not ignore the symptoms of carpal tunnel, it is very treatable under the condition that you address it before the nerve damage has been their too long.


What Causes Carpal Tunnel?

One of the most common causes of carpal tunnel is the continued repetitive use of the arms and hands, specifically activities that require a lot of motion or produce vibrations. Other causes of carpal tunnel are repetitive stress on the lower neck and upper back. For instances, years or sitting at a desk working on a computer, old and recent automobile injuries, or professions where you are looking downward for a good portion of your work day.

Carpal Tunnel’s Two Major Causes

  1. Impingement to the median nerve within the tendons, fascia and carpal bones within the wrist. This form of carpal tunnel will more commonly present itself in only one of the wrist and not both. We commonly see singular carpal tunnel in our road workers, and blue collared workers who operate large power tools. Essentially long term repetitive motions to the hands and wrist will cause tight (over-active) muscles and tendons which will pinch down on the median nerve traveling between the carpal bones in the wrist. This results in numbness, tingling, burning and even weakness of the hands when not treated right away. Carpal tunnel within the hand itself represents every 1 of 4 carpal tunnel cases.
  1. Spinal Carpal Tunnel is the most under diagnosed carpal tunnel found in our office. These cases of carpal tunnel actually branch from the nerve root plexus originating in the neck. Treating the hands and wrist for spinal carpal tunnel is not effective. Spinal carpal tunnel is due to damage in the cervical spinal structure and its alignment. This is most commonly found in people who have had neck injuries, people who have sat at a desk for years of work, or are commonly looking downward. The strain causes the curvature in the neck to reduce putting a pathological tension on the spinal cord and nerves that travel down into your lower neck, shoulders, arms and hands. More often than not this type of carpal tunnel presents in both the wrist and has more wide spread symptoms, ranging from numbness and tingling to burning pain. Spinal carpal tunnel is the more common of the two carpal tunnels, and is commonly miss-diagnosed.


What is the Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel treatment has two different approaches, of which, both have shown degrees of success.

The medical approach involves pain medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can be used for temporary symptom relief. Cortisone injections in the carpal tunnel area are often successful at numbing the symptoms for weeks to even months at a time, however, this cannot be repeated over and over due to the long term side effects. When the above measures fail to relieve the symptoms, surgery is the final medical option. A surgery known as the carpal tunnel release is performed to cut the muscle and fascia fibers in the wrist and indirectly relieve some of the pressure on the median nerve.

The chiropractic approach is a safe alternative to drugs and medication. Chiropractic involves tackling the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome head on. If the symptoms are from an impingement carpal tunnel due to over active muscles and fascia in the arm and wrist, therapy will be performed to that area to correct the contractures within the muscles and ligaments. As well, the carpal bones in the wrist can be gently adjusted back into position to allow more room for the median nerve to travel impingement free.   Follow up therapy may be recommended at home, so the problem does not continually come back and you receive a long lasting correction.

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Spinal carpal tunnel involves treatments to the structure within the lower neck and upper back. Correction to the structure within the neck is important in this form of carpal tunnel syndrome. At Abundant Life Chiropractic we have a safe and gentle technique that is very successful at correcting this form of carpal tunnel via adjustments to the spinal bones in the lower neck, that will impinge on the median nerve plexus.

Looking for a long lasting correction to your numbness and tingling in your hands? Call the office today (952) 300-8338 to schedule an initial appointment with one of our doctors.

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