Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The major nerve controlling the thumb, index, and parts of the middle and ring finger is called the median nerve.  From the tip of your fingers, it travels through the bones in your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm, through your shoulder and neck, and finally to your spinal cord.  Problems can develop in one or more of these areas. Every day, assembly workers, keyboard operators, grocery store clerks, construction workers, hair stylists and many others receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists.  Vibration and repetitive motion, especially when combined with spinal problems and other joint dysfunction, can result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.  Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or a loss of strength in the hands.

The carpal "tunnel" is formed by bones in the wrist.  The median nerve, tendons and blood vessels pass through this opening.  If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should "collapse", inflammation, nerve pressure and painful symptoms can result.

The median nerve connects to the spinal cord through openings between several bones in the lower neck.  When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and wrist. 

After a thorough examination, your chiropractic doctor will perform specific adjustments where needed, to help normalize structure and to reduce nerve irritation.  When given time, chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems - without drugs or surgery.