carpal tunnel syndrome effects the wrists and hands and can happen with computer work

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a debilitating condition.

You might be working at your desk, at your computer, or hand writing letters when you feel a tingling or numbness in your hand and wrist. What do you do?

Most ignore the sensation and hope it goes away. It usually does for a short while until you find yourself experiencing the same feeling again sometime later and usually worse.

That feeling has turned from a tingling and/or numbness to a sharp, piercing pain shooting up through the wrist and up your arm. This is when most finally take notice and seek care.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by nerve compression in the wrist. It occurs when the median nerve (running from the forearm into the palm of your hand) becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers. It also controls impulses to the small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

The wrist, hand, and fingers can be impacted by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can result from repetitive use of the wrists, hands, and fingers.

The carpal tunnel is a passageway of ligaments and bones at the base of the hand (and is home to the median nerve and tendons). If the tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel, the median nerve compresses. This leads to painful sensations, weakness, and numbness.

Other symptoms include (but are not limited to):

· burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of hand and fingers
· fingers feeling useless and swollen (although perhaps no visible swelling)
· feeling of needing to “shake out” hand or wrist
· decreased grip strength
· Inability to tell between hot and cold by touch

Are you at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be felt in the wrists, hands, and fingers.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be felt in the wrists, hands, and fingers. Computer work and other repetitive tasks can hurt the wrists, hands, and fingers.[/caption]

Chiropractic Care can help!

Common non-surgical support for carpal tunnel syndrome include acupuncture, yoga, and chiropractic care. Chiropractic manipulation has proven to be very effective for people with this problem, seeking noninvasive relief. A spinal adjustment is key as misalignment in the spine does contribute to this condition. Chiropractic adjustments will help misalignments in the spine that contribute to the symptom as well as other specific adjustments – not only tailored to the carpal tunnel itself, but actually focusing on areas tracing up to nerves in the neck.

Chiropractic help for this annoying syndrome is convenient, comfortable, and safe with little risks nor any of the complications of carpal release surgery.

Be sure to call us at 416-960-9355 with any questions or visit to learn more.

Dr. David Koivuranta
Toronto Neck and Back Pain Clinic