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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

hand painCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is commonly a work-related repetitive use injury which occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged or inflamed. The result is a narrowing of the tunnel formed by the bones and ligaments in the wrist. This narrowing causes pressure on the Median nerve which innervates the thumb and adjacent two fingers. The symptoms may include burning, tingling, and numbness, and may travel up the forearm. If severe enough, weakness may occur, causing difficulty gripping or making a fist. Other factors that predispose to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity.

Chiropractic care is a conservative treatment option for CTS. Mobilization or manipulation of the wrist bones may decrease pressure on the Median nerve. Physiotherapies, specific exercises, acupuncture and proper wrist braces are also effective in treating Carpal tunnel syndrome.

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