Carpel tunnel syndrome tends to affect individuals over the age of 55, and on average, 3 percent of women and 2 percent of men age 48 and older will acquire carpel tunnel syndrome, which is a repetitive motion injury of the median nerve.
Carpel tunnel syndrome is a repetitive motion injury. It occurs when the carpel tunnel, which houses the median nerve, becomes swollen or agitated and places pressure on the nerve. Common causes include a genetic disposition for the syndrome, a smaller than average carpel tunnel, frequent repetitive use of the hands, arthritis and sprains, strains and fractures of the wrist.
Carpel Tunnel Symptoms
Carpel tunnel symptoms typically start off very mild with pain, tingling, numbness and burning in one or both wrists. Symptoms may appear worse in the morning than in the evenings, since most people sleep on their wrists or with their wrists flexed.
Pain, numbness and weakness become more chronic and prevalent over time, and may leave an individual with weakness in the hands and fingers. Individuals with severe untreated cases may eventually experience muscle loss in their thumbs, due to nerve compression and restricted use.
Treatment At Bankers Hall Chiropractic
Here at Bankers Hall Chiropractic, we recommend that anyone experiencing the symptoms of carpel tunnel schedule an appointment with our chiropractor for a thorough diagnosis, which usually includes performing various manual tests to produce the symptoms of carpel tunnel.
Once diagnosed, our goal is to reduce the associated pain and numbness and promote healing without using invasive procedures. Chiropractic adjustments can be used to alleviate the symptoms of carpel tunnel. The adjustments are used to realign the bones and joints of the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand in order to take the pressure off the median nerve and surrounding tendons. In addition, we may recommend chiropractic adjustments to the neck, back and shoulders because in some instances, the syndrome actually starts much higher on the body than the wrists.