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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway made up of bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. When the median nerve is compressed within this tunnel, it can lead to a variety of symptoms. This can often be confused with nerve entrapment of the median nerve up higher in the forearm close to the elbow where it travels deep to the pronator teres muscle as well. With a tight pronator teres muscle, the median nerve can become compressed and result in symptoms very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (this is referred to as pronator teres syndrome).

What are the Common Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  1. Numbness or tingling: Individuals with CTS often experience numbness or tingling sensations in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger. This numbness may extend up the arm.

  2. Weakness: Weakness in the hand and difficulty gripping objects may occur, making it challenging to perform tasks that involve fine motor skills.

  3. Pain or discomfort: People with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist, and forearm. The pain may radiate up the arm towards the shoulder.

  4. Nighttime symptoms: Many individuals with CTS report that their symptoms are more pronounced at night. They may wake up with numbness or pain in the affected hand.

How can Chiropractic care help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Chiropractic treatment can be helpful by utilizing soft tissue therapies to help reduce compression of the median nerve in the forearm and wrist area, wrist and elbow manipulation can decrease symptoms and improve mobility, and taping, bracing, and rehabilitation techniques can be used as well to improve symptoms.

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