Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning to write about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of those syndromes that we have all heard about, but we seem to be hearing less and less about it every year. A few years ago it was the diagnosis everyone got when their wrists hurt, which lead to a lot of misdiagnosis, which in turn, lead to a lot of people having surgery for something they did not have. Furthermore, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can generally be treated without surgery.
The image above by MMG 2003 clearly shows compression of the Median Nerve in the right hand, which is the cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The reason I mention that it is the right hand is because the image below by 2004 MedicineNet, Inc. will demonstrate the area of pain and numbness, but it is showing it in the left hand.
The Median Nerve runs through runs through the Carpal Tunnel created by the Transverse Carpal Ligament and the carpal bones, which are the bones of the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur through compression from ganglions, fractures, and dislocations; however, it is more common to have a history of direct pressure on the tunnel or a history of extended periods of wrist use in full flexion or extension. The pressure in the tunnel will increase with these extreme positions. Other additional factors have to do with fluid retention such as with pregnancy, RA, diabetes, and connective tissue disorders. It has also been shown that individuals who are deficient in vitamin B may be predisposed.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome does not have to include surgery. Initial treatment involves night splinting in in extension of neutral positions, avoiding the compressive or overuse activities such as resting the wrists on the desk while typing, and perhaps the use of a B-complex vitamin. It has been shown that adjustments to the lunate bone, one of the carpal bones, is extremely helpful. Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique are also utilized to help relieve the pressure within the Carpal Tunnel.
If you are struggling with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other form of Wrist Pain or Hand Pain, call my office today (480) 366-4041. We can Help!