Carpal Tunnel

What is carpal tunnel?Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) refers to the symptoms and signs, which are caused by compression of the median nerve traveling along the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is the major nerve controlling the thumb, index, and parts of the middle, and ring finger. From the tip of your fingers, it travels through the bones in your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm, through your shoulder and neck, and finally to your spinal cord. Problems can develop in one or more of these areas.

The carpal “tunnel” is an anatomical compartment located at the base of the wrist. The median nerve, along with nine flexor tendons, and blood vessels pass through this opening. The tunnel is surrounded on three sides by the carpal bones, forming an arch. The nerve and tendons allow for function and feeling in your fingers. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should “collapse”, inflammation, nerve pressure, and painful symptoms can result.

The median nerve connects to the spinal cord through openings between several bones in the lower neck. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and wrist.

What can we do?

Here at HealthSource of Indianapolis, our Chiropractors are experts in the nervous system, and it's relation to joints and bones. This makes us a "go to" place for actual healing and recovery. While physicians will prescribe pain pills or inject steroids, this does not actually fix the problem. Surgery is also a poor option, since it can cause ligament scarring along with a good chance that symptoms will reoccur later.

Our practice will work to correct the cause of the issue, while providing recommended changes to habits that may influence recovery. Specific tests will be performed to see if spinal nerves are involved. Chiropractic adjustments can help return joints to a more normal range of motion. Contact us today for a consultation on carpal tunnel.