Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is defined as median nerve entrapment in the carpal tunnel located in the wrist. The carpal tunnel itself is created by the carpal bones of the wrist and the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal carpal tunneltunnel houses nine flexor tendons and the median nerve. Needless to say it is a very cramped little space. The signs and symptoms of CTS are tingling and numbness covering the palm of the hand, the thumb, index finger, the middle finger ( third digit), and half of the ring finger.

CTS was most commonly heard of in the years following WWII. CTS is thought to be an overuse injury to the flexor tendons running through the carpal tunnel. The outer sheath or coving of the tendons is originally smooth, though through the repetitive movement over the carpals causes damage to the tendon sheaths and creates swelling leading to median nerve entrapment. Other causes of CTS are obesity, hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, and trauma.

Conventional treatment for CTS involves wearing wrist braces and in more extreme cases a surgery in which the transverse carpal ligament is cut to relieve pressure built up in the carpal tunnel. carpal tunnel surgeryChiropractically, CTS can be treated with a combination of ultrasound, carpal manipulation, and ergonomic aids such as split keyboards, keyboard trays, typing pads, and proper elbow to wrist placement.

A medical opinion should be sought if you are experiencing CTS symptoms of tingling and numbness or if there is a loss of muscle mass around the thumb.