What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrom?
Carpal Tunnel syndrom als known as Median nerve Compression, so to explain furthur median nerve which is one of the main nerves that supplies our hands. Medican nerve originates from the neck, combine with other nerve roots in theneck form a singel nerve in the arm. In the hand it passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist and supplies our hand, it mainly provides feeling in the thum and index and part of the middle finger. It also controls the muscles around the based of the thumb. In the Carpal tunnel along side the nerve nine tendons that bend the fingers and thumb are also are located in.
What are the common causes for CTS?
Major cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by a combination of factors such as gender and age, Studies indicates that women and older people are more likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrom.
Like many other diseases, there are some risk factors including
Genetic. The carpal tunnel anatomy may be smaller in some people and this can affect the outcome.
Repetitive use. Repeating the same motions or activities for a prolonged period of time may aggravate the tendons in the wrist, causing swelling that puts pressure on the nerve.
Certain occupation. Certain activities which involves extreme flexion or extension of the wrist for a long period of time can increase pressure on the nerve.
Pregnancy. It is very common that hormonal changes during pregnancy causes swelling in the Carpal Tunnel.
Metabolic Conditions such as: Diabetes, Thyroid condition and rheumatoid arthritis are conditions that are poses the body into inflammation and have been associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
After complete history and general health examination, certain standard test to evaluate carpal tunnes are:
Tappin along the median nerve in order to aggravate the symtoms such numbness or tingling in the fingers ( it is called The Tinel sign)
Bending and holding the wrists in a flexed position again to see if the symtoms appear or gets aggravated.
Light touch Test to check sensitivity of the fingertips and hands with an instrument.
Check for strengthe and weakness in the muscles around the base of the thumb.
Look for atrophy in the muscles around the base of your thumb. In severe cases, these muscles may become visibly smaller.
X-ray to check for any blockage in the cervical spine or the rib
MRI to evaluate the soft tissue.
Nerve Conduction Studies to evalate the extent of damage of the nerve.
How our Chiropractor in Newpor Beach Dr.Gilak will treat CTS?
None surgical treatemnt of carpal tunnel usually is consist of:
Use of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Activity Modifications. Certain position aggravate the symtomes avoiding them, or modifying these activites are the key in slowing down the inflmmation. Chaning work ergonomics could be the key. I
Exercises. Most patients may benefit from stretch and strengthing the proper muscles to remove the pressure off the median nerve.
Our Chiropractor in Newport Beach use affordable, less aggressive, it a great way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Dr.Gilak chiropractor and physiotherapist based inNewport Beach CA has been certifired in Active Release Techique and has been using this technique along side of biomechanical, and spinal corrective exercises treating their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Following a personal consultation, our chiropractor will analyze the condition of your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and provide a custom and individualized plan to help you to resume your daily activities pain-free. If you are in terested in a successful comprehensive plan our Newport Beach Chiopractic Clinic feel free to make an appointment with us.