Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects millions of Americans, and it seems to be increasing each year as more and more Americans choose careers that require the use of a keyboard. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the irritation of the median nerve, which runs down the forearm and into the hand. At the wrist, the nerve passes through a narrow "Tunnel" made up of wrist bones, "Carpals", and soft tissue ligaments. This tunnel also contains all of the tendons that make our fingers work, and they don't leave much room for the nerve. When we overuse our fingers, as in keyboarding, the tendons rub on the nerve, causing it to become irritated. If the bones of the wrist are misaligned, the space becomes smaller yet, and the nerve is more easily compressed. When this nerve is irritated or compressed, it can cause hand pain, wrist pain or even numbness in the fingers, or "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."
The good news is that this condition is very treatable with conservative, chiropractic care. Often, a few adjustments of the carpal bones relieves the pressure on the nerve. Dr. Flaskey may prescribe stretches, exercises or even a temporary brace to aide in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ultrasound therapy is often used to reduce the inflammation of the tendons and nerves causing the pain and numbness. Sometimes irritation of the nerves in the neck can actually be the source of your problems, so Dr. Flaskey will also check and treat any problems in the neck as well. Contact us today if you think you may have Carpal Tunnel Sydrome.