With more and more people using electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and smart phones; carpal tunnel like symptoms are becoming more prevalent. WebMD describes carpal tunnel syndrome as numbness, tingling, weakness and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve controls movement and feeling into the first three digits of your hand (thumb, index finger, and middle finger). This nerve runs from the forearm through the carpal tunnel to control part of the hand. Many people ask if chiropractic care can help with carpal tunnel and the answer is absolutely. The big question is whether or not the symptoms that you are experiencing are truly due carpal tunnel syndrome or if your symptoms are due to something else.
Often times people are quick to associate any hand or wrist issues with carpal tunnel syndrome, even if the symptoms are not into the first three digits of their hand. As a result many people blindly follow through with carpal tunnel surgery and unfortunately this doesn’t always help alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately this is a huge problem with people trying to self diagnosis them self through the internet (aka cyberchondria), they don’t have the clinical skill set or experience to determine the root cause of their issues. That is a topic for another discussion. When assessing people for carpal tunnel syndrome, does your health care practitioner evaluate your neck, shoulders, elbow and wrist? Why? Did you know that the nerves that control your hand come from your neck, run through your shoulders, pass the elbow and innervate your hand. Those hand or wrist challenges could be coming from an impingement in those areas. Many people have double crush syndrome, which is an impingement or subluxation (misaligned joint, which can have a negative affect on the body) in the neck and entrapment of a peripheral nerve (median, radial, & ulnar nerves). Carpal tunnel like symptoms are often times not just due to misaligned bones in the carpal tunnel but can also have cervical (neck) involvement as well. The only way to determine if you have this is to visit your healthcare provider and/or chiropractor.
How can chiropractic care help me out with my carpal tunnel or carpal tunnel like symptoms? First an evaluation needs to be done to determine where the underlying cause of your symptoms are. If those symptoms are a result of subluxations in your spine or extremities causing nerve dysfunction, a chiropractor can absolutely help with carpal tunnel and carpal tunnel like symptoms. Chiropractors are trained in adjusting not just the spine but extremities as well.
Do you or someone you know experience numbness and tingling into your hands? Do the symptoms occur even if you are not sleeping on your arms/hand? If you answered yes to the previous question, next ask yourself what are you doing to correct this problem?