Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which the nerves entering the hand are chronically compressed. Many individuals that experience this condition experience numbness, pain and tingling in the thumb and the first two digits of the affected hand. Grip strength, writing/drawing dexterity, and muscle wasting of the hands are commonly seen with carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is commonly associated with repetitive motions such as typing and is, in many cases, work related. The common risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include: obesity, repetitive work, pregnancy, and rheumatoid arthritis. Without a specific treatment protocol, symptoms, in many cases, will remain constant.
Chiropractic and physiotherapy have been proven very effective in successfully diagnosing and treating this condition. The aid of proper spinal manipulations coupled with manual therapy and kinesiotaping of the hand and wrist will effectively minimize the symptoms and improve the function of the hands and wrists. Desk and workstation ergonomics will also aid in maintaining proper spinal alignment and posture when preforming daily activities. Proper ergonomic work stations are essential in helping keeping the body to be relaxed and not in a state of overuse when preforming our daily tasks.