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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


carpal-tunnel-syndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist, which causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in your hand. There is a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, which contains the median nerve as well as many tendons and blood vessels and it is here that the nerve can become compressed. There are many reasons that the carpal tunnel may become smaller for example swelling, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy or repetitive movements of the hand and wrist.


The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand or fingers however you can also experience pain between the hand and elbow. Most often these symptoms are felt in the thumb and first three fingers (not the little finger) and are worst at night. Many people describe needing to shake their hand to relieve the symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these problems then you may have carpal tunnel syndrome!


The best way to know for sure if you have carpal tunnel syndrome is to consult a health care professional, for example Chiropractors are highly experienced in recognising and treating carpal tunnel syndrome. You will be asked if you have any health related problems such as arthritis or diabetes or if you have recently had an injury to your wrist, arm or neck. An examination will check the feeling, strength and general appearance of your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. It is important to be checked out as similar symptoms of tingling and pain in the hands could also be caused by a neck problem!


In extreme cases surgery is required to relieve pressure in the area however a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests physical therapies may work just as well as surgery. The study followed 100 women with the condition, half of whom were treated with physical therapy and half underwent surgery.

Researchers found that physical therapy (in particular manual therapy, such as Chiropractic) improved hand and wrist function and reduced pain as effectively as a standard operation for the condition. Moreover, after one month, the patients who had physical therapy reported better results than those who had surgery.

Chiropractic treatment is very effective for carpal tunnel syndrome so if you are having the symptoms described above then you should book a free assessment at one of our clinics to find out more. Call Castle Lane on 01202 300320 or Fordingbridge on 01425 652951 to make your appointment.

In the mean time there are some at home remedies you can try to relieve your symptoms. Resting from activities that increase your symptoms is important and combine this with simple wrist exercises and stretches. For example, make a fist and then slide your fingers until they are straight again, repeat the action five to 10 times, to help relive any pressure on the wrist. Using ice on the area can help reduce swelling and this should be followed by gentle massage to stimulate the flow of blood to keep the muscle fibers supple. Use of over the counter anti-inflammatories and wearing a splint on your wrist are also recommended.

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