DRX9000c Cervical Spinal Decompression and Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor and Carpal Tunnel Specialist comments:
It is fairly common for someone to think they have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), when the problem is actually in the neck. The reason for this is, the nerve that is compromised with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the median nerve. originates in the neck. Several of the nerve roots in the bottom part of your neck come together and form the brachial plexus( kind of like a hub for your computer network wires ), the median nerve branches from there, travels down the middle of the arm (which is why it is called the median nerve), and through the carpal tunnel to innervate (control) part of the hand. The thing is, nerves are very sensitive to pressure. And, if you get any pressure (from bulging or herniated discs in the neck) on the median nerve you feel it in the hand. Because another thing nerves do, is refer pain. Pressure on the median nerve is much more likely to occur in the neck, because the nerves exit in between vertebrae that are movable. An get this...Sometimes you do not even have any pain or symptoms in the neck. This often times makes it very confusing for doctors, and patients. I hear questions all the time like "Why are you checking my neck, I told you my pain is in my hand?".
Some of the conditions that can cause nerve irritation in the neck and mimic carpal tunnel syndrome are as follows: