Carpal tunnel syndrome

The major nerve that controls the thumb, index, and parts of the middle, and ring finger is called the median nerve. It travels through the fingers, bones of the wrist, up through the elbow, shoulder and neck and finally reaches the spinal cord where it originates from.

The carpal tunnel is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve, tendons, and blood vessels travel through it. If the tunnel is not large enough or should collapse, inflammation, nerve pressure, and painful symptoms can result.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Symptoms

 Mild carpal tunnel symptoms most often affect the hand and sometimes the forearm, but they can spread up to the shoulder. Symptoms include:

The median nerve connects to the spinal cord, its origin, through bones in the neck. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and wrist. These symptoms can range from pain, pressure, loss of strength to numbness and tingling of the fingers. Repetitive hand and wrist motion may also cause these symptoms, such as everyday assembly line work, keyboard operators, grocery store clerks. The repetition of their work may cause micro-trauma to their fingers and wrist and combined with spinal misalignments and other joint dysfunctions may result in condition known carpal tunnel syndrome.

Chiropractors, through specific spinal adjustments, can help to normalize the structures and reduce the nerve irritation. Given a chance and with time, conservative chiropractic care produces excellent results with carpal tunnel type problems, without harmful drugs or surgery.

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