Carpal tunnel syndrome can be confusing and very painful. If you’ve ever had wrist and hand pain along with tingling and numbness, you can begin to realize how much you miss full hand and wrist function. Full function of our extremities is necessary for our life and work, too.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a narrow pathway on the palm side of the wrist. It’s made up of numerous small wrist bones and ligaments. Tendons and nerves travel from the forearm through the pathway and into the hand. The median nerve controls sensation and movement in the thumb and the first three fingers.

Because the passageway from the forearm into the hand is so narrow, this can lead easy disruptions. Any swelling of the tendons or ligaments can put pressure on numerous tissues, particularly the median nerve. This can cause pins, needles, numbness, etc. It can also cause difficulty while trying to properly grasp objects.

Causes

The most frequent cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is from overuse. These injuries are caused by engaging in the same motion repeatedly over a length of time. Imagine you work at a computer and your keyboard is not totally level; your wrists are at an angle while either flexed or extended, and then you type for hours on end. While the small bit of flexion or extension for a minute or two a few times a day won’t make or break the health of your wrist, doing this for long periods of time can absolutely create a big shift in the degradation and health of the wrist and its function.

Treatment

One of the most important things you can do if you have a carpal tunnel diagnosis is to go to your local chiropractor and get your cervical spinal joints checked for proper range of motion. The function of the muscles associated with the tendons that run through the tunnel is based upon the nervous system and nerves that exit the neck. It’s imperative to make sure that the cervical spinal joints are moving optimally for the highest function of the arm, forearm, the muscles, and tendons associated.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can actually be mistaken for a problem originating from higher in the arm or even in the neck. In addition, manipulation of the shoulder, elbow and wrist can restore proper motion to joints that can otherwise restrict the nerve as well. Lastly, wrist manipulations provided by a chiropractor can provide space through proper alignment allowing the joint to move more smoothly.

If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please call Augustine Chiropractic Wesley Chapel to make an appointment today!

Dr. Brian Augustine of Augustine Chiropractic in Wesley Chapel, FL, has over 31 years of experience treating patients for their neck pain and other ailments through personalized chiropractic care treatments. The locally owned and operated chiropractic clinic offers both in-office treatments and at-home therapy regimens to help people recover and heal from auto injuries and other conditions. The staff is dedicated to providing alternative and therapeutic solutions for better overall health. Give them a call today at (813) 994-6008 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more about their services!