Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. The area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel.
One major way a chiropractor can relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome is by checking the carpals, or wrist bones, for misalignments. There are eight carpal bones, and when any of them are out of place or not gliding as they should, pressure on the median nerve can result, as the carpal tunnel is compressed and decreases in size. Often, a simple adjustment can relieve the pressure from this nerve.
Sometimes, more than one bone or structure is involved and further treatment is required, such as with a triple crush syndrome. This is where the nerve is being compressed in more then one spot along its path as it exits the neck, travels past the elbow and passes through the wrist. We often see that this is the case on patients whose carpal tunnel syndrome hasn’t responded to carpal tunnel surgery.
Additionally, treatment may be needed to reduce the inflammation that can result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Inflammation is a primary cause of pain in our bodies and cold low level laser therapy is an excellent way to heal tissues on a cellular level.