How do you get carpal tunnel syndrome?
Compression of the median nerve in the wrist
Risk factors include diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy or obesity.
How do I know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
The main symptoms are pain numbness and tingling of the thumb index and middle finger.
You may experience
- Weakness in grip, dropping things
- Pain might start gradually or at night
- Pain may extend up the forearm to the elbow
- Muscles may be smaller in the thumb on the effected side
What is the treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Improve the alignment of the bones and the actual tunnel in the wrist with joint mobilisations and adjustments to the wrist and hand.
The wrist is connected to the forearm shoulder and neck. Making sure all the bones and muscles are moving well and strong are all important for the best result with carpal tunnel.
Allowing the medial nerve to be unobstructed in its pathway from the neck right down to the wrist will more than likely help relieve some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel
From the least invasive to the most invasive. Recommendations for conservative treatment first is a good idea for wrist pain. We can recommend hand specialists and surgery if conservative treatment has been unsuccessful.
Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome in NZ?
At Auckland Health and Performance, we love helping people with wrist and forearm pain. Get in touch today if you would like a hand getting too the root cause of the problem. Expect a through history and physical assessment to see where the nerve is being obstructed. Are you in the Howick, botany area in need of a chiro to help? Let’s come up with a plan to sort out your pain. Book Now