What Is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The major nerve controlling the thumb, parts of the middle finger, and ring finger is called the median nerve.
The carpal “tunnel” is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve, tendons and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should “collapse”, inflammation, nerve pressure, and painful symptoms can result.
The Spine & Carpal Tunnel Connection
It’s no surprise that chiropractic care is effective in treating carpal tunnel when you consider how the nerves are connected. The median nerve travels through the bones, into your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm, through your shoulder and neck and finally to your spinal cord. The openings between several bones in your lower neck is how the median nerve connects to the spinal cord. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the hand and wrist.
Don't Ignore The Warning Signs
- wrist pain
- shooting pain in arm
- tenderness in forearm
- burning in hand, wrist, or arm
- numbness or tingling in hand
- loss of hand strength
- neck or shoulder pain