What is carpal tunnel?

Definition
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing. When the wrist is poorly positioned, there isn’t enough space for the median nerve to travel to the hand.

Causes
Carpal tunnel is caused by pressure exerted on the median nerve at the point where it passes through the wrist. The median nerve supplies sensation to the thib-side of the ring finger. It also supplies movement to part of the hand. The nerve enters the hand between the wrist bones (called the carpal bones) and the tough membrane that holds the bones together (the transverse carpal ligament). This space is called the carpal tunnel. Since the passageway is rigid, any swelling in this area can cause compression of the nerve.

Treatment
Chiropractic care works on correcting symptoms and relieving pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you, call (320) 257-0360 today for a complimentary consultation.

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