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  • Gilda Gilak, DC, MS

Carpal tunnel Syndrom, and Chiropractic

Updated: Apr 27

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrom?

Median nerve Compression, also known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

It was first described in the mid-1800s. It has been recognized by orthopaedic surgoens for more than 40 years. The first Carpal tunnel surgery was done in the 1930s. To explain further median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that supply our hands. The median nerve originates from the neck, combined with other nerve roots in the neck form a single nerve in the arm. In hand, it passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist and supplies our hand. It mainly provides feeling in the thumb and index and part of the middle finger. The median nerve also controls the muscles around the base of the thumb. In the Carpal tunnel, alongside the nerve, nine tendons that bend the fingers and thumb are also are located.

What are the common causes of CTS?

Major cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by a combination of factors such as gender and age; Studies indicate that women and older people are more likely to develop Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

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 long period can irritate the tendons in the wrist, causing swelling that puts pressure on the nerve.

  • Certain occupation. Certain activities that involve extreme flexion or extension of the wrist for a long time can increase pressure on the nerve.

  • Pregnancy. Commonly, hormonal changes during pregnancy cause swelling in the Carpal Tunnel.

  • Metabolic conditions such as Diabetes, Thyroid condition, and rheumatoid arthritis are conditions that pose the body into inflammation and have been associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tests

After a complete history and general health examination, certain standard tests to evaluate carpal tunnel are:

  • Tappin along the median nerve in order to aggravate the symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the fingers ( i