Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common and widely known entrapment neuropathies. It is a condition when the median nerve, that runs through your wrist becomes compressed at the wrist and become inflamed. The carpal tunnel, a small, rigid passageway made of tendons, ligament and bones that houses and protects the median nerve. The median provides motor functions to your thumb, and sensation to your index, middle and ring finger. The tendons that pass through your carpal tunnel provides the ability for your fingers to bend.
Sometimes due to repetitive stress, the tendon in the carpal tunnel may be irritated and cause pressure on the median nerve. In addition, the swelling and inflammation in the tendon may affect the synovial membrane in the carpal tunnel. Synovial tissue produces the synovial fluid, which lubricates your joints, tendon sheaths and bursae. In carpal tunnel syndrome, the decrease in the production of the synovial fluid not only pressures the median nerve but also inhibits the movement of the ligament to your hand.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
As carpal tunnel is called a syndrome, there may be a variety of symptoms associated with the condition, and not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Symptoms are usually gradual and may become worse over time. Some of the common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:
- Tingling or numbness: You may experience tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand. Often the sensation may be felt in the thumb, index, middle or ring finger, but not the pinky finger.
- Weakness – You may notice weakness in your hand and experience a decline in grip strength. This may be due to the numbness of the thumb’s pinching muscles, which are controlled by the median nerve.
How is Carpal Tunnel Diagnosed?
Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent damage to the median nerve. Diagnostics like physical examination, Xray’s, ultrasound and electrodiagnostic tests may confirm the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
How can Honor Wellness Help?
Acupuncture – carpal tunnel syndrome is often treated effectively with acupuncture. In a study published in the journal Brain, researchers found that subjects treated with acupuncture not only reported a reduction from pain, but imaging found the treatments remapped the subjects’ brains to change pain signals to the wrist. Acupuncture helps to increase blood circulation to the carpal tunnel to reduce inflammation, numbness and restore motor dexterity.
Rapid Release Technology – Rapid Release Technology (RRT) uses vibrational waves to break up scar tissue and adhesion to restore proper blood flow. RRT can help relax tight muscles on the forearm and hand as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can affect your sleep, decrease mobility, inhibit everyday function and cause emotional stress. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with sciatic pain, let us help you. Contact us today at (604)428-9946 and find out how.