Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sometimes simply called Carpal Tunnel or Median Nerve Compression is a common cause of pain in the outside of the wrist and thumb and is commonly seen in office workers.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
It is a condition involving compression of the Median Nerve, as it passes through the carpal tunnel space in the palm side of the wrist.
The carpal tunnel space contains muscle tendons and fluid, as shown in the diagram. An inflammation of the tendons from the forearm muscles can cause a restriction in the space available for the median nerve, resulting in its compression.
This most commonly occurs from work related pressure on the wrist, or tight muscle tendons of the forearm due to overuse.
Do I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling in the palm of the hand. These may also be felt in the thumb, middle and index finger.
The problem will generally develop gradually, sometimes beginning only at night. Research suggests that pregnant women as well as office workers are more likely to develop carpal tunnel.
What are treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Conservative treatment, similar to what we provide here at Walter Road Chiropractic, is generally very effective for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. However sometimes in cases of persistent symptoms, surgery may be considered.
Our team at Walter Road Chiropractic Morley would typically several different forms of treatment, these include:
- Ergonomic assessment & advice
- Soft tissue therapy of the involvement muscles
- Dry needling
- Adjustments of the wrists and other involved joints
- Rehabilitation of the wrist and forearm