The hand’s carpal tunnel is made by the eight bones in the wrist that acts as a protective barrier for the nerve that starts in the neck and continues to the forearm. When this nerve becomes compressed, it becomes painful and is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Since chiropractors are specially trained, they understand how chiropractic care can help with carpal tunnel.
When the bones in the wrist become misaligned because of certain injuries like sprains or falls, there may be a reduction in the diameter of the tunnel. This lower diameter places pressure on the median nerve and pain results. Enlarging the tunnel may also lead to this painful condition. This expansion may result from repetitive motion of the flexor tendons. This is also referred to as tendonitis.
During treatment, a chiropractor returns the bones of the wrist back into alignment to get rid of the pain. Since the median nerve is formed by the roots of the cervical nerve, a chiropractor will also check the spine for misalignments in the neck. These types of misalignments can place extra pressure on the cervical nerve roots which send pain to the median nerve. Double Crush Syndrome is simultaneous pressure on the hand and neck. It is also treatable under chiropractic care.
Oftentimes, a person will feel the pain as a vague ache that recurs in the wrist. Prior to a correct diagnosis, people attempt to get rid of the pain by shaking the hand. If the pain goes untreated, it will get worse over time. Carpal tunnel is also known to cause numbness or tingling in the fingers except the pinkie. Most of the pain is felt between the thumb and index finger.
The severity of the problem will dictate an effective treatment. A wide variety of treatments are available, but chiropractic care is one of the most natural and holistic approaches that is available. After restoring normal function, a person will be able to live a life free of pain and will be able to return to normal activities. It is important to seek out the help of a qualified chiropractor who is able to offer safe and effective treatment.