Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Hand Or Wrist Pain, Numbess Or Weakness

Hand or Wrist Pain?    Are You Dealing With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The word carpal refers to the eight dime-sized bones that make up each wrist.   On the palm side of your wrist is a ligament band stretching from the thumb side to the little finger side known as the carpal ligament.  All these structures make up the carpal tunnel, which is a tight, narrow opening in the wrist just large enough for the nerves coming off your neck to get into your hands and fingers.

Correct Diagnosis Essential

It’s very possible to have carpal tunnel symptoms without actually having carpal tunnel problems.  Indeed, it’s very probable!

People experience TRUE Carpal Tunnel, FALSE Carpal Tunnel and a phenomenon known as THE DOUBLE CRUSH.

As a result, carpal tunnel must be viewed from three different perspectives for accurate diagnosis.

“True” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

First, you may actually have ONLY a wrist problem. This is known as “true” carpal tunnel.

In the wrists are eight dime-sized carpal bones connected to the carpal ligament, which forms a ‘tunnel’ in which the median nerve from the neck travels into the hand.

When wrist bone misalignment occurs, it causes swelling and nerve compression in the “tunnel” and this nerve compression is the cause of true carpal tunnel symptoms.

“False” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Second, though you may have problems in your wrist, hand or fingers, it may not be carpal tunnel at all, but rather REFERRED PAIN into the hand because of nerve compression problems in the neck, shoulder or elbow. This is known as “false” carpal tunnel, because it mimics “true” carpal tunnel.

Nerves from the neck flow down the arms into the hands. If these neck nerves are compressed, they frequently refer symptoms into the forearm, wrists or hands even if no neck pain is involved.

In these cases, it does little good to focus on the wrist and hand, because this is NOT where the pain is coming from.

The “Double Crush” Phenomena

Third, your problem may be coming from MULTIPLE areas of nerve compression, such as the neck, shoulder, and/or the wrist.  This is known as the “Double Crush” Phenomena.  The nerve causing the pain is compressed, or “crushed” in two or more different areas.  These areas of compression are known as “choke points” and are very commonly found in carpal tunnel syndrome.

When a nerve is compressed a little in multiple locations, it can greatly enhance the pain in the wrist itself.  It is therefore very important to find where the cause or causes of the compression are to reduce the chances of misinterpretation and determine whether you have ‘true’ carpal tunnel, ‘false’ carpal tunnel – or the Double Crush phenomena!

Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms were studied, 40% were found to have dual areas of compression.  This is significant to know, especially if someone is contemplating surgery, because about one out of four surgeries leave the wrists and hands with some kind of permanent disability.

Chiropractic For Carpal Tunnel – A Non-Surgical Approach!

The chiropractic approach – a drugless, non-surgical approach – is to examine all potential choke points as a source of the problem.  Once it’s determined where your carpal tunnel symptoms are coming from, we can then go to work to bring proper motion and realignment into these areas to decompress the nerves that are resulting in carpal tunnel pain.

The majority of people respond very favorably to specific carpal tunnel procedures, and many patients report significant relief and/or total resolution of carpal tunnel problems through proper chiropractic methods.  Hopefully you can be the next person to benefit from our many years of experience in dealing with this potentially life-altering condition.

Doesn’t it make sense to find out before putting up with braces, undergoing injections or risking your hands to surgery?

For a complete article about carpal tunnel syndrome and how you may be able to avoid carpal tunnel surgery, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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