Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common nerve entrapment reported conditions in Overland Park Ks.
With the giant shift to working at home. Our environment is causing more issues than ever.

From working in an ergonomic friendly environment to working at home at the kitchen table on small laptops.  

We are placing an unusually high amount of tension on our wrist when working. 

Get the care and ergonomic advice from Dr. Ryan, your Overland Park chiropractor to get back to working at full speed. 

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What You Need To Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Watch this short video to learn some of its causes and what you should do if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Understanding carpal tunnel a little better
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist. This results in numbness, tingling, pain, and perhaps, weakness of the grip and pinch functions.

The median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the neck to the hand.  This is why we examine and treat the CTS patient from the neck down!

Going Deeper
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
  • The eight bones of your wrist form a U-shaped channel that houses several tendons and your median nerve.
  • This channel is called the carpal tunnel.
  • Your median nerve is responsible for sensation on the palm side of your first 3 ½ fingers.

 

  • Compression or irritation of this nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel causes the condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is of the most common nerve entrapment.
  • Females are affected two or three times more frequently than males.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome most often affects adults age 45-60.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel?

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be brought on by prolonged wrist flexion and/or repetitive wrist movements like keyboard use, carpentry, or assembly line work.
  • Exposure to vibration or cold may also aggravate the condition. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more common in your dominant hand but frequently affects both hands.
  • Some risk factors for developing carpal tunnel symptoms include diabetes, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, alcoholism, kidney disease and being short or overweight.
  • Fluid retention during pregnancy is a common cause of carpal tunnel symptoms.
Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel
  • numbness
  • tingling or discomfort on the palm side of your thumb, index, middle finger, and half of your ring finger.
  • The discomfort can sometimes extend towards your elbow.

Early on, your symptoms may be relieved by "shaking your hands out". You may sometimes feel as though your hands are tight or swollen. In more severe cases, hand weakness can develop.

Mangament of Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Wrist Manipulation
  • Myofascial release of the forearm muscles 
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Nerve glides excresies 
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can result in permanent nerve damage.

To help resolve your condition, you should avoid activities that involve repetitive wrist flexion.

The American Academy of Neurology recommends conservative treatment, like the type provided in our office, before considering surgical alternatives.

We recognize that you have a choice of who treats your carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you, a friend, or a family member requires care for carpal tunnel syndrome, we appreciate the opportunity to help in the recovery.
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