Carpal tunnel syndrome and Chiropractic

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common complaint in the Chiropractic office. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the Median Nerve. The median nerve originates in the lower part of the neck and runs down the arm and into the hand. The median nerve may be compressed at several locations. The muscle in the forearm called the pronator teres is one such location. In the carpal tunnel ( wrist ) the median nerve is fairly unprotected and vulnerable to compression. One of the first symptoms of carpal tunnel is a lack of ability to oppose the thumb. Later there may be numbness or pain in the hand. As carpal tunnel progresses the pain may even radiate into the forearm or shoulder.
Orthopedic testing done by a Chiropractor may be able to determine if pain is due to carpal tunnel or a vascular condition. Carpal tunnel generally effects the palm of the hand and involves the median nerve. The Ulnar nerve is the funny bone nerve and supplies the little finger and half of the ring finger. The ulnar nerve is not compressed in Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Tom Etter has over ten years of Chiropractic experience. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Etter’s practice focus includes the treatment of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

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