The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occur due to the compression and/or inflammation of the median nerve. Are you experiencing weakness in your wrist or numbness in certain fingers? You may be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Our rehabilitation office is located in Sea Girt, NJ in order to offer convenient access for patients in Point Pleasant, Manasquan, Wall, Brick, and many other Jersey Shore towns. With chiropractors, physical therapy, and acupuncture, we correct the causes of Carpal Tunnel in order to eliminate symptoms of this condition and avoid future pain, numbness, and weakness.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation and movement to certain parts of the hand (more specifically, the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger). The area of the wrist through which the median nerve enters the hand is known as the carpal tunnel. Any type of inflammation in the carpal tunnel can seriously affect the median nerve, particularly because the tunnel itself is fairly narrow to begin with.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:
Numbness and/or Tingling in the hand, particularly in the parts of the hand supplied by the median nerve (the aforementioned palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the side of the ring finger facing the thumb). Those who find themselves needing to shake or move their hands in an attempt to alleviate symptoms should be evaluated for Carpal Tunnel. For those who neglect to treat the condition, the numbness in these areas may become a constant and permanent problem.
Some Carpal Tunnel sufferers experience pain that radiates or extends anywhere from the wrist to the arm or shoulder or downward into the palm and fingers.
Weakness in the hand, difficulty gripping objects, and dropping objects are further signs of Carpal Tunnel. Again, when left untreated, these symptoms can become serious, permanent problems.
Chiropractors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve roots are found in the upper back (thoracic spine) and lower neck (cervical spine) segments of the spine. Roots C6, C7, C8 (in the neck) and T1 (upper back) branch out from the spinal cord, move through the spaces between the vertebrae, and continue down the arm. The median nerve is the only nerve housed by the carpal tunnel—the bones, tendons, and ligament that are found at the base of the palm of the hand.
When the vertebrae through which the median nerve passes lose their normal, healthy position (in other words, when there is a misalignment of the spine), the median nerve can be negatively affected. Chiropractic care is an excellent method of relieving numbness, tingling, and weakness associated with Carpal Tunnel.
As part of an overall program of rehabilitation that may also include physical therapy, patients can find solutions to Carpal Tunnel that reduce or eliminate the need for painkillers. Even better, conservative intervention with chiropractic can help many sufferers avoid surgical intervention—an important goal for those with Carpal Tunnel.