Symptoms: pain and numbness sensation over wrist, thumb, index finger, middle finger and half side of ring finger. Symptoms may multiply in winter.
Consequence: severe night pain and disturb sleep. Symptoms would radiate up to the elbow and shoulder, thus, it is sometimes mis-diagnosed as cervical disorders. Pain would aggravate after prolonged use of hands and fingers.
Causes: carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by trauma. In addition, prolonged and repetitive use of hands would also cause overuse damage to the wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome introduction:
Carpal tunnel is a passage in the wrist for the medial nerve to pass through. Carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly found in housewife, office workers and chefs whose hands need prolonged use. People with rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes and pregnant women would be more vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Graston and Chiropractic for Carpal tunnel syndrome
Nutritions :vitamins B1, B6, B12 with magnesium and calcium supplements.
Chiropractic adjustment: by means of lever concept in biomechanics, chiropractor can restore the hand bones displacement by proper manipulation techniques.
Physiotherapy: short wave diathermy, heat treatments, interferential therapy are used for decompression on median nerve and symptomatic relief.
TENS: domestic use for symptomatic relief.
Contrast bath: heat and cold treatment could be used alternatively for pain control. Heat treatments are hot bath, hot pack, etc. to promote blood circulation and release muscle spasm; cold treatment is mainly for pain control.
Surgical operation: if symptoms are severe, surgical nerve decompression would be indicated.