The pain and related symptoms of Carpel tunnel syndrome usually start gradually.
Typically individuals will feel numbness or tingling in the thumb, the index, and middle fingers. This sensation will come and go, but eventually spread to the hand and arm.
It is believed that assembly line work or tasks which require prolonged or repetitive wrist flexing can create harmful pressure on the median nerve. This repetitive stress may cause, or it may worsen existing nerve damage.
However, the scientific evidence has shown that these factors are not established as the only direct cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
It is believed that the condition is caused by pressure or irritation on the median nerve. This nerve controls the muscles around the base of the thumb, the first three fingers and provides sensation to the palm area.
Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The “carpal tunnel” is a narrow passageway in the wrist, formed by small wrist bones called carpal bones.
These bones, and passageway they provide, protect the median nerve and flexor tendons that bend the fingers and thumb.
In many cases, this syndrome has no one single cause, and it may be that there is a combination of risk factors that contributes to the development of the condition. These factors include the anatomy of your wrist, health problems, and very likely, repetitive hand motions.
This is why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often considered a repetitive stress injury.
It is also believed that a common cause of this condition is nerve root irritation of the cervical spinal nerves that get inflamed and end up entrapped in the wrist.
Also, a subluxation in the spine can often be the cause of carpal tunnel symptoms. What this means is that you may have the symptoms of carpal tunnel because of a “pinched nerve” in your neck or upper back.
Proper treatment usually relieves the tingling and numbness, while restoring neck, wrist and hand function. The earlier carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed and treated, the better the recovery and outcome.
Diagnosis typically includes a physical examination and x-rays of the cervical spine.
Often, Chiropractic treatment is extremely effective in treating carpal tunnel symptoms, and a thorough history and examination will be able to determine if the spine is the primary source of the symptoms.
Treatment of carpal tunnel involves adjusting the wrist, arm, and upper spine, as well as using soft tissue/muscle and tendon work, along with non-invasive laser therapy.
Finally there are nutritional support factors which also aid in the patient’s long term recovery.
In our practice, we successfully treat many sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There is 40 years clinical evidence and experience that the above treatment protocol of chiropractic care and therapy manipulations help to relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Our doctors have found success with patients who’ve had “failed carpal tunnel surgery” and also, have helped countless number of patients be able to avoid surgery.
Our success rate is remarkably high in the 87-90% range to be able to reduce the debilitating pain and functional loss, to allow our patients to return to a higher quality of life and function with regards to their activities of daily living.