Every day, assembly line workers, keyboard operators, grocery store clerks, and many others, receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists. Vibration and repetitive motions, when combined with spinal problems and other joint dysfunction, can result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Other common causes are overuse, pregnancy and trauma.
Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a loss of strength in the hands.
If placing your hands back to back produces an increase in numbness, tingling or pain, you could have a carpal tunnel problem. Have someone try to pull your thumb and finger apart. If your fingers seem weak, it could be related to a carpal tunnel problem. Pain and numbness in the wrist may wake you up at night.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be unilateral or both wrist. Chiropractic treatment with mobilization techniques to the wrist may reduce symptoms. Physical therapy and stretching techniques are promising.
Dr. Lawrence Bagnell has personally suffered from having carpal tunnel syndrome due to many fractures he sustained while playing sports. Throughout years of receiving chiropractic care for his own injuries as well as his education, Dr. Bagnell has become very skilled in correcting most wrist problems.
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.
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 using specific tests performed to see if spinal nerves are involved, your chiropractic doctor will perform specific adjustments where needed, to help normalize structure and reduce nerve irritation. Specific chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, elbow and shoulder can help return malfunctioning joints to a more normal motion and position. When given time, conservative chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems—without drugs or surgery.
THE CHIROPRACTIC LIFESTYLE
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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