village chiropractors header5Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People who frequently perform tasks requiring prolonged or repeated forward or twisting hand movement, such as typing, assembling and baking, for example, can develop a sometimes debilitating pain condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. As with almost all repetitive stress syndromes involving the upper extremities, CTS begins in your lower neck and/or upper back, where nerves begin their pathways through the shoulders down to your arms, hands and fingers. When the pathway of the median nerve gets irritated on its way to certain fingers and your thumb, the tendons around it can swell and press the nerve against the narrow passageway at the base of your palm (the carpal tunnel) and cause pain, tingling, numbness, clumsiness and weakness in the hands, fingers and forearms. Key in treating CTS is releasing pressure off the median nerve where it begins at the top of the spine, applying cold therapies to relieve swelling, and provide the proper arm support to allow night time rest. Rehabilitation can include stretching and strengthening exercises, and then proper ergonomic practices to prevent recurrence.