Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome in Guelph

Wrist pain? Pins and needles in your fingers? Difficulty picking up items with your hand? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a nerve disorder of the forearm characterized by pain and loss of sensation along the course of the median nerve. It occurs due to the median nerve being trapped and pinched within the carpal tunnel of the wrist.

CTS is often described as intermittent wrist and/or hand pain with associated pins and needles into the fingers. It often occurs on both sides of the body, is worse while sleeping and is aggravated with wrist movements. Some people are more prone to develop CTS, such as those doing repetitive wrist bending (i.e. typing) or working with vibration tools (i.e. floor sander), having a history of broken wrist bones, being diabetic, pregnant or having arthritis.

Treatment may involve a combination of:

  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Joint mobilization therapy
  • Microcurrent therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Stretching tightened muscles
  • Ergonomic advice on computer setup
  • Wrist splinting
  • Avoiding repetitive wrist movements
  • In some severe cases, surgery may be necessary

To find out more about how your wrist or hand problems can be helped, speak with us at Clear Path Chiropractic Health Centre – Guelph’s centre for better health.

Note: This article is for information purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider prior to starting any changes to your health routine.

References:

  • Aroori. Carpal tunnel syndrome. UMJ 2008; 77(1)
  • Souza. Differential diagnosis and management for chiropractors. Aspen 2001.
  • Viera. Management of CTS. AFP 2003; 68.