Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When the ulnar nerve, which runs from the side of the neck to the fingers and passes through the cubital tunnel on the inside of the elbow, becomes irritated as a result of an injury or repetitive stress, the resulting condition is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It occurs when the elbow is often bent in lifting or pulling activities, subjected to the continuous pressure of leaning on a hard surface, or sustains injury.

The pain experienced is similar to that which is described when hitting the "funny" bone in the elbow. Other symptoms may include numbness in the side or back of the hand, or tingling in the ring and little fingers. The symptoms worsen when the elbow is bent and may cause difficulty when opening jars or holding things.

Not all wrist pain should be called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is important to determine, if in fact, the symptoms are being caused by the pressure on the nerves of the wrist, or if there is a different cause of the problem. It is VERY common for these types of symptoms to exist when there is a neck misalignment, history of auto injury, or other spinal conditions. The nerves of the neck control all the nerves of our arms and hands. If the nerves of the neck are being compressed, wrist and hand pain is a common symptom. A doctor of chiropractic is trained to determine whether your condition is a true carpal tunnel syndrome.

If it is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a doctor of chiropractic can use physical therapy or manipulation of the wrist to alleviate the symptoms of true Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In more serious cases, a surgical referral may be required. If it is determined by your chiropractor that the cause of your symptoms is due to a neck-related situation, a series of chiropractic adjustments may be recommended.

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