Carpal tunnel syndrome is a neurologic disorder of the wrist and hand, characterized by pain and loss of sensation along the course of the median nerve. True carpal tunnel syndrome is nerve entrapment at the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve entrapment syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be associated with other nerve entrapment syndromes, and the impingement of the nerves involved can also occur at the neck or in the elbow. Typical pain associated with this condition is intermittent pain that is often worse at night, and numbness of the hand is common. The pain can be described as sharp and/or burning with numbness and tingling. Wrist and hand weakness is also common. This condition can be the result of repetitive motion or postural strain, and complicated by myofascial trigger points.
Chiropractic care can be very effective in the treatment of this condition. In addition, other treatment considerations may include electro-therapy to reduce associated muscle spasm and pain, ultrasound, rehabilitative stretching and strengthening exercises, acupuncture, and massage therapy. In addition, splinting of the wrists may be used for treatment of this condition. We can discuss these other treatment options to design the best program to most effectively treat your condition.