Though Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a relatively new medical condition to many people, it has been the subject of medical literature since the mid-19th century. In years after World War II, it became a more common condition among the population. It is characterized by pressure on the median nerve, which is the wrist nerve supplying movement and feeling to various parts of the hand.
Feeling and movement of the thumb side of the hand are made possible by the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is the area in the wrist where this nerve enters the hand. Normally, the tunnel is narrow so swelling may pinch the median nerve and result in weakness, tingling, numbness, or pain. Without proper treatment, the nerve may become damaged, resulting in permanent tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Individuals who perform repetitive wrist and hand motions often experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms. Common causes include typing, sewing, writing, painting, driving, tool use, and assembly line work. Individuals who play sports like handball or racquetball are prone to developing this condition, as are people who play certain musical instruments. Women are more likely to suffer from it than men and the condition usually occurs between age 30 and 60.
Common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are tingling or numbness in the palm, pain in the hand or wrist, tingling or numbness in the thumb and next few fingers. Some people experience pain that extends to their elbow, while others have a feeling of weakness in the hand or a weak grip. Some sufferers even have problems with their fine finger movements, affecting coordination.
Just because Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms are being experienced does not mean a person necessarily has the condition. An irritated or pinched nerve within the neck can mimic this condition. Double crush syndrome is a term used when the median nerve is impinged going through the carpal tunnel and is also irritated or pinched when exiting the small openings that exist between neck bones.
At times, recommendations are made to have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery. This surgical procedure involves cutting a ligament of the wrist which is pressing on the nerve. As an alternative and less invasive option, chiropractors may provide relief by performing gentle manipulations of the carpal tunnel bones of the wrist and to the vertebrae of the neck to remove irritation from pinched nerves and joints. Chiropractic treatment has great success helping many people find relief of pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the fingers, hand and arm. It is an alternative, safe, effective method to seek for those looking for relief.