Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Possible Symptoms
If you are experiencing numbness, weakness or pain in your hand, wrist or forearm, you may have Carpal Tunnel Symdrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes tingling, numbness or pain in the hand. It is commonly caused when the tunnel of the wrist bones and ligaments is compressed at the wrist, but hand and arm pain can also be caused by pinched nerves in the neck or elbow.
The Tunnel: The carpal tunnel is a band of ligaments and small bones in your wrist. Painful symptoms can result when nerves are compressed by a collapse of this nerve “tunnel.”
The Spine: Many are surprised to learn that the cause of their wrist problem may be due to functional changes to one or more joints of the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Subluxations in the upper spine may compromise the workings of any structure between it and the tip of your littlest finger. This is often called the double crush syndrome.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and don’t get it treated, its symptoms can last a long time, get worse or can even go away and return. When we are able to diagnose it early, it’s easier to treat. Some medical testing such as blood and nerve testing may be required to confirm the cause of the patient’s pain and to make a definitive diagnosis.
Extremity Adjustments Alleviate Elbow and Wrist Pain and Allow the Body to Heal
Extremity adjusting occurs when chiropractors adjust the joints of the body that are outside of the spinal joints. These joints include the ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Similar to subluxations of the spine, extremities can also suffer from misalignment. These misalignments can cause pain and limit a patient’s range of motion.
Extremity adjusting can also help with pain in other areas of the body. For instance, an adjustment of the hip can help to relieve lower back and sciatic pain. This is similar to how an adjustment of the shoulder can assist in relieving neck pain.
The goal of adjusting extremities is to restore the original and proper alignment of the joint. This allows it to have normal and proper function. Dr. Mruz at South Shore Chiropractic has extensive training in extremities.
Dr. Mruz utilizes extremity adjustments to provide elbow, wrist, shoulder, knee and hip pain relief to his patients without the reliance on costly surgery or dangerous medications.