The Carpal Tunnel is a structure on the wrist which comprises of carpal bones, a ligament sheath and the most important part of the tunnel is the median nerve. This nerve is the structure that becomes compressed causing the signs and symptoms into the hand and wrist.
The injury tends to happen when either the ligament structure around the wrist, i.e. the flexor retinaculum, becomes damaged or sprained, or when the carpal bones become restricted and increase pressure around the median nerve. The median nerve provides stimulus to the thumb and second, third and fourth digits. It can also be described as a repetitive stress injury to the wrist.
Signs and Symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause:
Sharp stabbing pain into the thumb or palm of the hand
Pins and Needles into the thumb or palm of the hand
Nerve pain (Pain that begins from the wrist and runs down the finger tips in a specific pattern)
Dull aches in the one area
Muscular cramping of the thumb and hand
Pain when sleeping
Numbness or “deadness” into the hand
Stiffness in motion of the hand
Difficulty gripping or holding objects
How does Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy help?
Chiropractic care can help with carpal tunnel syndrome, by firstly releasing the restricted joints and carpal bones through a safe and effective technique called chiropractic adjustments. This removes the restriction within the carpal joints and releases the nerve.
Physiotherapy uses some soft tissue techniques which, releases the pressure on the median nerve, by releasing tension from the ligament structure that surrounds the tunnel. Electrotherapy may be used by the practitioners if the problem is acute, and can assist in the releasing of the soft tissues of the surrounding affected area.