Hand pain can be caused by many things, but often the chiropractor sees Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in workers or people who perform repetitious movements with their wrists and hands during their daily activities.
Do You Have Finger Numbness Or Burning Hand Pain At Night?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be what you have, but your doctor will properly diagnose you. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causeshand pain and numbness in both the hand and fingers, and tends to wake most people in the middle of the night with burning hand pain. If left untreated it can lead to muscle weakness and damage to the fingers and hand. This is caused by pressure on the nerve in the wrist, the median nerve, which controls the hand and first four fingers.
Carpal Tunnel is aggravated by vibrations such as when you hold and operate a circular saw. It is also aggravated by repetitious motions such as typing or playing the piano. Many of the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are work related and are recognized as such. Workers compensation insurance will generally cover its treatment. Assembly line workers, computer operators, grocery store cashiers, and others whose jobs include repetitive motions of the hands and wrists are at risk for developing Carpal Tunnel.
Chiropractic Care can reverse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in many patients and can keep you from having carpal tunnel surgery on your hand or hands. Because the median nerve runs from your fingers to your spine, ring specific tests will be given to see if the spinal nerves are also involved. The median nerve actually connects to the spinal cord through several openings between the bones in the lower part of the neck. If these bones are misaligned, referral pain in the extremities can be common. Your chiropractor will be able to determine if both your spine and your wrist are in need of adjustment or whether it is only at the wrist area.
In our illustration of the cross-section of the wrist, you can readily see how the carpal “tunnel” is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve, tendons and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should collapse or be out of place, inflammation, nerve pressure and painful symptoms can result.
Carpal Tunnel Adjustment Using the Activator Method
Without surgery or drugs, if given time for proper chiropractic care, excellent results have been produced reversing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The chiropractor will perform Activator adjustmentswhere needed and will advise you as the the steps you should take to avoid further irritation to the median nerve while your body heals itself naturally.