Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

The most common place that the nerves of the upper limbs can get pinched or irritated is at the wrist.  This type of nerve problem is called carpal tunnel syndrome because the nerve passes through a tunnel between the wrist (carpal) bones and the ligaments that go across the wrist bones where the creases of the wrist are.  Sudden trauma to the wrist or working with your hands for long hours on a daily basis can lead to irritation of the nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel.

The medical doctor gives most people with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome such as numbness, tingling or pain, in the thumb, index or middle finger, medication and a wrist brace.  The symptoms might feel better with the brace on or by covering them up with drugs.  This, however, is a form of “passive treatment” that does not address the cause of the problem.  If the cause of the condition is not recognized and corrected early, the condition is more likely to worsen and possibly end up as a surgical case.

A commonly overlooked cause of these symptoms is a nerve problem that comes from the spine near the base of the neck.  Subluxation of this area occurs when spinal misalignments and movement restrictions occur that interfere with the nerves that lead to the wrist and hand.

Early  “active” mobilization and adjustment of structural problems of the wrist and/or spine can often lead to improvement in these cases without the use of drugs or surgery.  Chiropractic care seeks to correct the cause of the condition rather than just covering up the symptoms and hoping it goes away on its own.  The body will usually heel the condition if the cause of the irritation is removed.