Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. Symptoms include hand pain- particularly at night, numbness and pins and needles. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by anything which causes swelling at the wrist including arthritis and pregnancy. Damage and swelling in the carpal tunnel can also be the result of repetitive hand or wrist movements such as would occur in certain sports, occupations and hobbies. If the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is not addressed then permanent damage can result. Sometimes nerve irritation in the neck can cause symptoms that will appear similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Given the many different possible causes of hand pain, an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper management or referral to another health professional if warranted.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s hand symptoms or carpal tunnel syndrome in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods and splints, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.