What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
For some, it is simply a poorly understood wrist injury that can prevent one from working, or a wrist injury that makes using one’s hands very painful.
Carpal: Across the back of the wrist, eight small irregular bones (called carpals), form a letter “C.” Closing the circle on the innerside of the wrist is a tough ligament. This is what creates the carpal tunnel.
Tunnel: An opening through which something passes. Nine tendons, which transmit forces from the forearm to the fingers, pass through this narrow tunnel along with the soft median nerve. This tunnel is about the size of your pinky.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve becomes irritated and swells. As the nerve swells, it causes pressure in the tunnel. This increased pressure then further irritates the median nerve. This causes more swelling. The condition worsens.
What are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms?
Typical symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include paresthesias (abnormal sensations) such as tingling and numbness in the thumb and index and middle fingers on the palm side night pain, weakness in grasping, thumb and index finger pinching, and other thumb movements clumsiness, such as awkward hand movements and dropping things
Studies have shown chiropractic care to be one of the most effective treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome.