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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome has gained ubiquity as an occupational hazard for secretaries, court reporters and, as the smartphone and tablet revolution has occurred, basically anyone who’s spotted on his or her device more than occasionally.

But did you know that in most cases, the onset of carpal tunnel has no correlation whatsoever with typing, tapping or any other sort of electronics use? Would you also believe that treatment from a chiropractor can help ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Before I define for you what carpal tunnel syndrome is, I would like to explain what a carpal tunnel is. The name itself is telling: The carpal (i.e. finger) tunnel is a veritable “tunnel” of tendons and bone in your wrist that houses a nerve known as the median nerve, which transmits impulses and sensations to your thumb and fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tendons in this tunnel thicken or swell to place pressure on this nerve, which can reduce or even eliminate sensation in the fingers altogether.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Although a certain portion of carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers do report excessive typing, tapping or electronics use, the list of causes of carpal tunnel syndrome is much longer than popular culture might have you believe. Did you know, for example, that the most common cause is congenital in nature? Some peoples’ carpal tunnels are simply smaller than others’.

Further causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include trauma to the hand or wrist, over-activity of the pituitary gland or even retention of fluid during pregnancy – women are incidentally much more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Although surgery is the most common treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, your chiropractor can perform a unique array of tests to determine the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, some of which undermine the need for surgery. Regardless of why you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, schedule a consultation with Stone Gate Chiropractic and let Yellowstone National Park's chiropractic team take care of you.