Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) basically occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist on the palm side resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, and later, weakness of the grip and pinch functions. But, the median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the neck to the hand, which is why we examine and treat the CTS patient from the neck down! The median nerve has been described as the “eye of the hand,” as it is one of the three major nerves formed from the brachial plexus– that “highway” of nerves made up of the C5-T2 roots leaving the neck, merging together to eventually form the three main nerves of the arm. Because the median nerve function regulates pinch and grip strength, buttoning a shirt, writing a note, driving a car, and even sleeping are ALL affected by a median nerve pinch.
So, since the median nerve originates in the neck, and carpal tunnel symptoms are mostly in the hand, the neck-hand connection is often overlooked by doctors and therapist that do not routinely treat CTS.
Our carpal tunnel doctors in San Francisco have been treating CTS since before the dotcom boom-bust. In fact, we have successfully treated over 20,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms and upper extremity disorders. The secret is to ALWAYS examine and treat from the neck to the fingertips…on both sides. At our clinic we also check the entire spine and feet. A pedal imbalance such as a pronation or short leg can cause cervical muscle spams and interfere with nerve transmission to the hands. Interesting Huh?
Bottom Line: Carpal Tunnel Symptoms are nothing to mess around with. You use your hands for everything. Patients with chronic hand pain are often depressed and have other problems such as sleeping disorders and lowered immune function. It’s a chain reaction that can overwhelm your life.
The good news is that a chiropractor that specializes in CTS can help…and results are usually seen right away.
To find out if you are a candidate for carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.