Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has now become a very common occupational health problem. It affects millions of people, who use repetitive hand motions such as typing, chopping, and pushing. With the growing reliance on computers, it is expected the number of people suffering with CTS to grow even higher.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the compression of the median nerve just above the wrist. This compression may lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of grip strength. Left untreated over a period of time it may also lead to muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Poor positioning of the wrist tightens the pathway along where the median nerve has to travel to the hand. This nerve supplies sensation from the index finger to the thumb side of the ring finger and movement to part of the hand. The nerve enters the hand, along with many tendons, between the wrist bones (carpal bones) and the tough membrane that holds the bones together (transverse carpal ligament). This space is known as the Carpal Tunnel. It is here in this passage that anything that makes the tunnel smaller, including swelling, may produce compression of the nerve thus causing one or more of the following symptoms in one or both hands:
- Wrist or hand pain
- Weakness in the hands
- Numbness or tingling of the palm or hand
- Pain extending into the elbow
- Impaired fine finger movements
- Weak grip or difficulty carrying bags
Dr. D’Angiolillo has had great success in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Through precise chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, or in some cases to the neck and or spine he has successfully eliminated the symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. To solve your problem not only will chiropractic adjustments be beneficial, but you will also be assessed for modification of your work habits and lifestyle. At times bracing, physical modalities, and strengthening exercises will be incorporated into your program of care. As always we not only want to help you get rid of your CTS we want to teach you to maintain your health so your problem does not return.