Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and weakness in your hand and wrist. 80% of all carpal tunnel syndrome SYMPTOMS come from pinched nerves in the neck. The biggest culprit is your “forward head posture” which causes the pinched nerves in the neck. Those nerves (brachial plexus) control everything from the shoulder down to the fingertips. At Spinal Correction Centers, Stephen Steller, DC, and the team of experienced chiropractors provide nonsurgical and nonpharmaceutical solutions to the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Call one of the offices in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview, and St. Petersburg, Florida, or use this website to schedule an appointment online and learn more.
The carpal tunnel is a bony passageway in your wrist through which the median nerve flows. This nerve travels from your arm into your hand. It’s responsible for feeling in your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.
When you sit at the computer all day, look down at your phone regularly, focus on the road and traffic in front of you or simply lay back on the couch watching TV your forward head posture can cause undue pressure on the median nerve and the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your anatomy and posture can make you vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome, but so can repetitive work tasks or a prior wrist injury. Conditions that cause swelling in your wrist, like rheumatoid arthritis or even pregnancy, increase your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome most commonly causes pain and numbness in the fingers and thumb. Other symptoms include:
In the later stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may feel weakness in your hands that makes it hard to grasp items.
Get care at the first signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s easier to treat in the early stages, preventing long-term damage or the need for invasive treatments.
Some risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome can’t be avoided, like aging, genetics, or being female. Other factors that put you at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
If you have any of these risk factors, take precautions to avoid irritating the carpal tunnel. Use an ergonomic keyboard, take regular breaks from repetitive wrist activities, and change wrist positions frequently, sit up right and reduce your forward head posture.
The median nerve originates in the cervical spine. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may be exacerbated by the spinal vertebrae compressing or irritating this nerve.
Gentle chiropractic manipulation of your cervical spine, elbow, and wrist can put your body back into alignment and reduce irritation of the median nerve.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, set up an appointment at Spinal Correction Centers today. Call the nearest location or use this website to book online.