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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

We’ve heard all about it, but what is carpal tunnel syndrome really?

The carpal tunnel connects the forearm to the palm. There are tendons, bones and connective tissue all the way. This is also where the median nerve is located.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there’s pressure on the median nerve. It can cause pain, tingling and numbness in the arm, hand and your fingers. In most people, carpal tunnel syndrome worsens over time. That’s why we recommend an early diagnosis and treatment.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The condition occurs when the carpal tunnel in the wrist swells and compresses/squeezes the median nerve. You are at higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome if you are

  • Pregnant
  • Obese
  • Have a sibling or parent with carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Have an illness such as diabetes or arthritis
  • Have injured your wrist previously
  • Work in a job that involves working with heavy or vibrating tools

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If the condition is diagnosed early, the symptoms can be relieved with simple steps such as avoiding specific activities and wearing a wrist splint.

If the median nerve continues to receive pressure – due to squeezing or compression – in the long run it could lead to nerve damage in the affected areas.

So here are some symptoms to look for:

  • Numb hands
  • A pain or ache in the fingers, arm or hand
  • A weak thumb
  • Difficulty in gripping things
  • Tingling sensation
  • Pins and needles feeling

These symptoms usually begin slowly and may show up on and off. They usually worsen at night.

People suffering from hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity or are pregnant, are highly susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. Individuals working with vibrating or heavy tools are commonly found to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Although it’s possible to self-treat carpal tunnel syndrome, it could take a lot of time for the results to show. DIY treatments include wearing a wrist splint, cutting down on activities that may be causing it and over-the-counter painkillers.

We recommend that you see a chiropractor who will assess your hand and ask about your symptoms to confirm the presence of carpal tunnel syndrome.

We rely on soft-tissue therapy, exercises and chiropractic adjustments to help with carpal tunnel syndrome. Over time, the treatment can help ease the inflamed tissue squeezing the median nerve. Treatment will also address any issues with the cervical spine (the neck) that may be related to your pain.

Contact North Road Chiropractic to see if we can help with your carpal tunnel syndrome. Call us on (03) 9579 2699 for an appointment now!


December 10, 2013
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Dr. Liveriadis

Since 1987, North Road Chiropractic patients have benefited from the hands-on, low-force, safe and painless chiropractic techniques offered. Utilizing the best and latest in diagnostic techniques, state of the art equipment, setting us apart amongst Oakleigh chiropractors.