Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) may benefit from chiropractic care. The median nerve that passes through the wrist bones controls movement and feeling to your forearm, wrist and hand. When the nerve is compressed beneath the carpal tunnel, patients may experience, weakness, loss of feeling and pins and needles in the wrist and hand.
As the wrist is intrinsically related to other parts of the arm; the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, upper ribs and neck may need to be assessed, to determine if these joints and tissues are contributing to CTS. Your chiropractor may examine your hand strength, and feeling, reflexes and wrist pulses. Questions about your occupation, hobbies and general health are also important in completing the whole-person picture.
Symptoms associated with CTS in the wrist and hand;
- Tingling sensation in hand and fingertips
- Numbness in wrist and/or hand
- Night pain
- Interrupted sleep due to wrist discomfort
- Burning feeling in hands
- Wrist, hand or arm pain
- Weakness or loss of grip strength
- Dropping items
- Inability to carry out activities of daily living
Chiropractic for CTS
Chiropractic care can assist in relieving the symptoms of CTS. By addressing the joints and tissues that are in contact with the median nerve, chiropractic adjustments can improve muscular function of the wrist and hand. Relieving median nerve pressure may benefit the patient in reducing their negative symptoms. Identifying additional causative factors such as subluxations in the neck, ribs and shoulders is essential in facilitating effective CTS treatment.