In the United States, 1 to 3 people out of 1000 are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome every year. The syndrome is caused by abnormal pressure on the median nerve. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and weakness in the wrist and hand. With chiropractic care at Regenerative Health and Chiropractic, LTD in Granite City, IL, we can provide treatment for symptoms you may be experiencing and help the condition from causing further complications. Before visiting us, learn about some frequently asked questions about this syndrome below:
Where is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Located?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is located within your wrist. The name carpal is derived from “karpos,” a Greek word that means “wrist.” The tunnel comprises the arching carpal bones connected by ligaments. It acts as a passageway for the median nerve and the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the fingers.
What Is the Median Nerve?
The meridian nerve provides sensation to the index finger, middle finger, and thumb. When this nerve swells up or the position of the tissues inside the tunnel are compressed, it becomes irritated. This irritation causes numbness and tingling in the specific fingers connected to the nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Does the Syndrome Affect Other Parts of the Body?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also affect the ankle and foot since they are constructed similarly to the to the wrist and hand. However, when the condition affects the ankle and foot, it's referred to as tarsal tunnel syndrome. “Tarsal” derives from Latin and means “ankle.” Tarsal tunnel syndrome is far less common.
What Causes This Syndrome?
For most patients, it’s challenging to tell what exactly caused the syndrome. Obesity, pregnancy, arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, tendon inflammation, and trauma can cause the condition. Some ailments like leukemia, multiple myeloma, sarcoidosis, and amyloidosis can deposit unusual substances in the tunnel, compressing and irritating the median nerve.
How Can Our Chiropractors Treat This Syndrome?
Chiropractic care for this syndrome involves therapies and adjustments such as:
- Soft Tissue Therapy: To release any hard knots in the muscle that might be contributing to your symptoms
- Arm Manipulation: To reduce pressure on the median nerve
- Spinal Manipulation: When the vertebrae in the spine are misaligned, known as subluxations, this can cause symptoms in the hand, wrist, and arm. Our chiropractors will manipulate the spine to realign the vertebrae
Visit our Chiropractors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
If you are experiencing any symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, our chiropractors at Regenerative Health and Chiropractic, LTD in Granite City, IL, can help provide treatment and relief. Contact us today to learn more about the services that we offer and to set up your consultation!