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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

carpal tunnelSee the yellow region drawn in the picture to the left? If you have tingling or pain in this region, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. If it is not in this region, then you most likely don't. 

Let's explain why:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when the nerve that supplies the first three fingers and the thumb of the hand gets pinched by the bones and ligaments in the wrist.

Specifically, this nerve is the median nerve. The median nerve delivers the sensations from the skin of the thumb, index finger, middle finger and some of the ring finger just on the palmar side of the hand.

If you have any tingling or pain in this region (colored yellow in the picture on the left), then you may have carpal tunnel.

If your symptoms are on the pinky side or the back of the hand, you do not likely have carpal tunnel because the median nerve does not supply these regions of the hand.

The median nerve goes between the bones of the wrist (called carpal bones) and ligaments that hold these bones together. That is why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has it's name. The carpal bones and ligaments have a tunnel that the nerve goes through. If this tunnel is narrowed or blocked, the nerve gets "pinched", causes the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Did you know other conditions can mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

This nerve goes from the thumb and first three finger tips all the way through the carpal tunnel, through the forearm, through the upper arm, upper back, neck, up the spinal cord to the brain. See all the places it can get "pinched". You can have a tight muscle in any of these areas, and you will have symptoms that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. This is why a NCV test is often prescribed, to determine exactly where the pinched nerve is. You don't want to have carpal tunnel surgery if the problem is not in your wrist!

Why you want to exhaust all natural remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome before doing carpal tunnel surgery:

Carpal tunnel surgery works by cutting the ligament that makes the floor of the carpal tunnel. This makes more room for the nerve. But this also weakens the wrist, because it cuts the ligament that holds the bones together. This is why this surgery should be used only as a last resort.

Natural remedies for carpal tunnel:

Stretching the neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists helps take pressure off the median nerve and helps open up the carpal tunnel.

TIPS ON HOW TO SELF MASSAGE carpal tunnel AWAY:

Remember, the nerve that is pinched by the carpal tunnel can be pinched at the wrist, forearm, upper back and or the neck. That is why if you suffer from carpal tunnel, you have to stretch more than your wrist:

massage the elbow

CLICK HERE FOR MORE HAND, WRIST AND FINGER STRETCHES

CLICK HERE FOR SHOULDER STRETCHES

CLICK HERE FOR NECK STRETCHES

  

Proper position of the wrist and hand 

to prevent carpal tunnel

To ensure your wrist is in a neutral position, make sure the bottom of your wrist is flat.

wrist in neutral

The top of the hand will look like it is tilting up, but if you flatten the top part of your hand, you will compress the carpal tunnel,

wrist in poor position cause wrist pain

causing irritation of the median nerve, which can result in carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and numbness in the palmar aspect of the wrist, thumb, and index and middle fingers).

Place your keyboard and mouse at the proper height. Your mouse and keyboard need to be at a height that allows your lower arms to be parallel to the floor. A good chair will have an adjustable height so you can make the adjustments needed for correct arm and leg positions. A good standing desk will have an adjustable height to allow for correct arm positioning.

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How chiropractic helps carpal tunnel?

Not all chiropractors work on extremities like the wrists. Dr. Michael McCoy is more than a spine specialist as a chiropractor, but also a joint (including wrist, hand and finger pain) specialist. Dr. McCoy can determine if you do indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome, or if a different condition is mimicking carpal tunnel syndrome. He not only will work on your wrist, hand or finger, but any issue that may be contributing to your condition. He can train you on how to restrengthen and stretch your arm, hand and fingers so you are less vulnerable to re-occurrence.

Once we determine that we can help your wrist/hand condition, we will treat same day (unless contra-indicated), demonstrate home exercises and stretches you can do to speed your recovery. 

What one way of adjusting the wrist looks like:

Dr. McCoy showing one way he can adjust the wrist and free up the carpal tunnel on TikTok.  We will follow up the appointment with a Report of Findings email that details what your condition is, what our treatment plan is and lists the prescribed exercises and stretches, complete with videos that you can follow along with.

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Drummond Chiropractic, LLC

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialists

565 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47404

(812) 336 - 2423


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