Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist. It is made up of the bones of the wrist and a ligament. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel and gives feeling to the thumb, forefinger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. Many tendons also pass through this carpal tunnel and if any swelling occurs, it can reduce the amount of space inside the tunnel. The large nerve can easily be compressed, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Numbness and pain are the results. It can affect one or both hands at the same time. As chiropractors, we commonly find problems in the neck causing additional symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If so, chiropractic care would focus on relieving pressure on the nerve in the neck and the wrist as well as checking if the nerve is snagged anywhere else along the arm. We may advise you to rest the affected arm, apply cold to reduce inflammation, perform certain exercises or wear a splint or brace to immobilise the area.