Arm Numbness, Median Nerve and Chiropractic

One of the more common complaints for Chiropractors is numbness in the palm of the hand or whole hand. The Median nerve is the nerve that innervates the palm of the hand. The Median nerve originates from the lower part of the neck and goes to the hand. The Median nerve is the nerve that is entrapped in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. The Ulnar Nerve (the funny bone nerve) is the sensory nerve for the little finger and half of the ring finger. It is not involved in carpal tunnel but may cause numbness if compressed such as in leaning the elbow in a position that compresses the nerve or hitting the elbow on something.
One of the most common peripheral nerve entrapments in the arm is entrapment of the Median Nerve at the pronator teres muscle. The pronator teres is a muscle that originates from the hump on the middle of the elbow (medial epicondyle of the humerus) and goes to the radius bone (bone at the top of the forearm). The pronator teres turns the hand over in such motions as turning a door knob. People who use their hands extensively at work or in weight lifting my be at risk of Median nerve entrapment at the pronator teres. The Median nerve runs through a gap in the pronator muscle and is usually pinched just a few inches from the bump at the middle of the elbow. Often when the median nerve is pinched in this fashion it may produce a condition similar to carpal tunnel.
Chiropractic treatment of pronator teres syndrome involves myofascial release to the pronator teres muscle, stretching and rest from the aggrevating activities. Usually relief from this condition may occur in less than 2-3 weeks. An initial plan for Chiropractic care for pronator teres syndrome would be 5-6 treatments over 2-3 weeks.

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