Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, also known as median nerve neuropathy, has become a very common occupational health condition that many people are faced with each year. It is becoming more and more popular with the increase in trends for computer use in offices around the world. Millions of people are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome each year, although it doesn’t have to be a condition that you suffer from. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the entrapment of the median nerve at the level of the carpal bones in the wrist. This pressure can be caused by a traumatic injury like falling on your wrist snowboarding, or by repetitive stresses to the wrist, including typing, hammering, and chopping. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can range from pain in the wrist, to numbness, tingling, burning, hand weakness and loss of grip strength. Many times this condition can produce symptoms that are worse at night because you are lying down and allowing more blood flow to the area and increasing the inflammation around the median nerve.
There are, however, other conditions that may closely resemble the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which causes it to be a highly misdiagnosed condition. Conditions that may resemble this are ulnar nerve neuropathy, pronator teres syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and cervical nerve root impingement. Your chiropractor will be able to properly diagnose this condition and to rule out other causes of the symptoms that you are having.
There are a number of ways to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and in many cases a chiropractor can adjust the areas of problem including the cervical spine or the arm and wrist if the doctor has extremity adjusting training. These adjustments, along with physiotherapies, stretching, and rehab exercises can in most cases alleviate or eliminate your symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Come visit us at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman to find out what is cause of your pain might be. Our licensed chiropractor, Dr. Dustin Rising is trained in extremity adjusting and will help you on the road to a speedy recovery.