Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve becomes pinched or squeezed as it passes through the wrist. It can also arise as the result of a nerve injury following a motor vehicle collision or due to repetitive stress, such as prolonged keyboard usage or hand held telephone usage. The typical symptoms that a patient will feel if suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome can include: numbness, tingling or pain into the hand and fingers. In addition, the patient can also experience weakness in the hands that might make it difficult to grasp or hold onto certain objects. The symptoms are usually worse upon arising in the morning.
Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment can help reduce the symptoms caused by carpal tunnel syndrome by loosening up the wrist bones that surround the median nerve and increase the strength of the hand and arm muscles affected by the condition. In addition, nerve stretching and techniques directed to the neck can also vastly improve a patient’s condition. In order to reduce the severity of the symptoms in the morning, a carpal tunnel splint is also a very highly effective option.