Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects nearly 5% of the population. The condition is caused when the median nerve is pinched within the carpal tunnel, a passageway between the carpal bones in your wrist. This condition can be very painful, impacting your ability to type, grip objects, and perform other fine motor skills involving the hands. Discover how CTS can be treated with chiropractic therapy, and make an appointment with Peak Chiropractic in Celebration, FL today.
What is the Carpal Tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a series of ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves that connect the forearm to the hand. The tunnel contains nine tendons, each of which can swell, putting pressure on the median nerve. This compression of the median nerve is the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome and the associated pain.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CTS is identified through a unique set of symptoms that is generally felt in the hands. If you notice these signs, then it’s recommended that you seek treatment:
A noticeable tingling sensation is a common sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is most often felt in the thumb and fingers, and potentially all the way up the arm. The feeling may be subtle or so intense that it interferes with your gripping ability.
You may feel pain radiating in your fingers, wrist, and arms. You may also feel an occasional shock of pain that travels through your fingers.
The median nerve plays a major role in controlling your gripping strength. If it’s compressed, you’re likely to notice weakness in your hand. This may be evident if you’re having trouble holding onto objects. It will typically be accompanied by numbness in the hand.
Chiropractic Therapy and CTS
Too often, the go-to treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome involve surgeries and medications. Medications can be addictive and cause unwanted side effects, while surgeries are expensive and have only marginal success rates. Chiropractic treatments are affordable, non-invasive, and highly effective solutions to your carpal tunnel symptoms.