Can A Disc Herniation In My Neck Cause Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:
The nerves that control the hand, come from the neck. If there is pressure on the cervical nerve roots as they exit the cervical spine...say from a herniated disc...or degenerative disc disease (DDD)...it can cause symptoms in the hand. The same symptoms you get when you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
In fact...the nerve that is inside the carpal tunnel...the Median Nerve, is created by cervical nerve roots C5-T1. A small amount of pressure from a disc herniation...even the pressure of the weight of a pencil erasure, can cause pain, numbness/tingling, or weakness in the hands ( CTS symptoms ).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when the median nerve is compressed inside the carpal tunnel (wrist bones). Usually, people that use their hands a lot, like court reporters, office workers, hair cutters, and athletes, get CTS...but, there are other risk factors as well (diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity, arthritis, and more).