The eight bones of your wrist form a U-shaped channel that houses several tendons and your Median nerve. This channel is called the Carpal Tunnel. Your median nerve is responsible for sensation on the palm side of your first 3 and a half fingers. Compression or irritation of this nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel causes the condition known as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be brought on by prolonged wrist flexion and/or repetitive wrist movements like supermarket scanning, keyboard use, carpentry or assembly line work. Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in your dominant hand and sometimes affects both hands.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include numbness, tingling or discomfort on the palm side of your thumb, index, middle finer and half of your ring finger. The discomfort can sometimes extend towards your elbow. Symptoms usually begin as nighttime discomfort or waking up with numb hands but can progress to a constant annoyance.
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
- Joint manipulation to gently restore motion to any “restricted” joints in your hands.
- Therapy modalities to decrease your pain and limit inflammation.
- Myofascial release to release muscle tightness and soft-tissue adhesions.
- Therapeutic stretching to restore your flexibility and ease pain.