Carpal tunnel syndrome and Pregnancy: Chiropractic topics

Carpal tunnel is a condition commonly seen by Chiropractors. The nerve that is impinged in carpal tunnel is called the Median nerve. The Median nerve originates from the lower part of the neck and ends in the hand. The Median nerve enters the hand through the carpal tunnel-a bony trough covered with a stout fibrous roof (called a flexor retinaculum). There are nine different tendons in the carpal tunnel which is located on the palm side of the hand. The tendons primarily flex the fingers. In the carpal tunnel there is no room for the tissues to expand and any swelling of the tendons or ligaments compresses the Median nerve.
The most common overall cause of carpal tunnel is fluid retention of which the most common cause is pregnancy. Overuse of the flexor tendons from work or recreation is another very common cause of carpal tunnel. Rheumatoid arthritis and fractures of the wrist are other conditions which may aggrevate carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel and Median nerve compression can cause numbness (paresthesia) in the Median nerve distribution which is the front of the thumb, index finger, middle ringer and half of the ring finger. The palm is not involved in carpal tunnel due to the fact the palmar branch of the median nerve branches off before going through the carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel symptoms are worse at night often waking a person up to shake the hands. Shaking relieves the numbness but may be replaced by pain which may be felt as far up as the elbow. The little finger is not involved in true carpal tunnel syndrome. Advanced carpal tunnel syndrome can also cause the muscles of the thumb to shrink (atrophy).
The primary Chiropractic technique in treating carpal tunnel is myofascial release. Myofascial release is able to successfully treat inflammed tendons and is effective in conditions which involve overuse of the flexor tendons from occupational or sports activities.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of experience. His Chiropractic practice focus includes treatment of sports injuries and chronic overuse conditions of the tendons such as carpal tunnel.

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