The carpal tunnel is small tunnel in your wrist. The floor of the tunnel is made up of the "carpal" (or wrist) bones, and the roof is formed by a fibrous band called the flexor retinaculum. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by a compression of the "median nerve,” a nerve that passes through this small tunnel.
The median nerve supplies the structures in your hand (thumb, pointer finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger) with electrical energy.
Anything that narrows that tunnel may put pressure on the median nerve and create the classic carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:
- Hand Pain
- Numbness & Tingling
- Joint Pain
- Loss of Grip
- Sensory Deficits
Common causes include thickening of the band that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel, bony abnormalities such as arthritis or bony misalignment with trauma, swelling, space occupying lesion, etc.
Each of these causes will require very different forms of treatment, even though reported symptoms may be identical. This is why it is very important to have an accurate diagnosis by a trained clinician.
It is important to note that carpal tunnel syndrome is also progressive. If left untreated, often times surgery will not even help. Permanent nerve damage, muscle atrophy and loss of hand function may result.
The good news however is that most cases can be managed through a combination of conservative physical therapy and chiropractic care when accurately diagnosed early on.
If you have been suffering with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as numbness and tingling, pain or weakness in the hands, fingers, or wrists for more than three days you need to consult one of our skilled clinicians today.
Since 1997, Dr. Peter Gastaldi has been helping patients just like you, suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome and related symptoms.
Gastaldi Chiropractic is easily accessible, offer early morning, late evening, and weekend hours, and accept all insurance plans.