What do Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cervical Disc Herniations Have In Common?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:
We have been helping San Francisco office workers for almost 15 years now at our Financial District Chiropractic Center. Because of this, we have witnessed first hand what sitting in front of a computer for 8-12 hours per day can do to the body over time. Hint: It's Not Good
One of the more common problems we treat is arm and hand pain. Sometimes there is weakness of grip, numbness or tingling in the hands, and even night pain. These are the classic signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). They are also some of the signs and symptoms of a cervical disc herniation.
Well...the nerves that exit from the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. One of these nerves...the median nerve...branches off and enters into the carpal tunnel, an opening in the wrist which contains some tendons and the median nerve. Compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is what causes CTS.
Nerves are very sensitive to pressure. Any kind of pressure on a nerve will interfere with the transmission of the nerve impulse from the brain to the target cells. Since the target cells of the nerves that exit the cervical spine include the hand...pressure on the nerves in the neck...can cause symptoms in the hand.