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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It occurs when the median nerve (and tendons), which run through a narrow passageway in the wrist, become compressed or irritated. This can result in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and wrist.

Now, how exactly do we get to that point? Often we are doing repetitive movements through our daily lives to create this issue. These movements can range from using a hammer or sanders for long periods of time as a carpenter or general contractor, writers, editors, students, artists, keyboard workers, pregnant Moms in their 3rd trimester, bickers, athletes, lash technicians, hairdressers and musicians. I know, it's a pretty lengthy list of possible mechanisms and is diverse. The good news is that often seeing a Chiropractor can help.

Chiropractic treatment can be an effective, non-surgical option for carpal tunnel syndrome. Once I know where the nerve is being trapped along its pathway I use manual adjustments, mobilizations and instrument assisted soft tissue, to relieve pressure on the median nerve, the flexor retinaculum (connective tissue overlying the tunnel) and restore proper movement of the joints in wrist and hand. I'll also be able to tape the wrist to allow space for the nerve and tendons that run through this tunnel that will help reduce inflammation. Specific exercises and stretches to improve flexibility and to strengthen the muscles in the affected area are also a must and used to prevent future flare ups.

I also strive to include co-operative care with other providers, so I may even recommend you see an acupuncturist, a physiatrist for nerve conduction studies, or other means of remedies like wrist brace while sleeping, or referred to ortho if we suspect surgery is the best approach after a trial of conservative care.

If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, reach out! I can evaluate you and help get you back to doing the activities you’ve had to put on the back burner!

As always, take care of you and be resilient!

Dr. P

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