Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure on the median nerve results in weakness, tingling and numbness in your hand. The median nerve, along with several tendons, runs from your forearm to your hand. It passes through a small space in your wrist known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is responsible for controlling sensation and movement in your first three fingers and thumb. Carpal tunnel is not fun to live with but can be treated with chiropractic therapy and techniques.
Pressure on the median nerve may be caused by swelling due to:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Repetitive wrist movements
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. If diagnosed early enough, non-surgical treatments such as, wrist-splinting, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids may help alleviate symptoms. When surgery is necessary, one of two different techniques may be performed.
- Endoscopic Surgery – The surgeon uses a device with a tiny camera attached to the end (an endoscope) to look inside your carpal tunnel. S/he will make a small incision in your wrist and cut the ligament.
- Open Surgery – The surgeon makes a larger incision in you palm, above the carpal tunnel and cuts the ligament, freeing the nerve.
After surgery, the tissues of the ligament will gradually grow back together leaving more room for the nerve than previously. You are encouraged to use your hand carefully after surgery and gradually build up to normal use. It may take several weeks for the weakness or soreness to completely dissipate. If your carpal tunnel symptoms were very severe before surgery, you may still experience some after surgery.
At Taylor Chiropractic we are dedicated to providing the best care for our clients through chiropractic care, massage therapy, nutritional counseling & more. If you or a loved one are suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome, let us help.