Carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an irritation of the median nerve in the wrist that leads to numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. It typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers and is often most noticeable at night. The median nerve travels down the forearm and enters the hand after passing through the wrist tunnel (carpal tunnel) that is located in the central part of the wrist.
CTS often develops in people who have smaller carpal tunnels, than others. Consequently, the median nerve is more likely to become compressed. It may develop because of an injury to the wrist that causes swelling, over-activity of the pituitary gland, hypothyroidism, diabetes, inflammatory arthritis, mechanical problems in the wrist joint, poor work ergonomics, repeated use of vibrating hand tools, and fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause.
Dr. Epp has experience diagnosing and treating CTS. His doctoral thesis focused on the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis of CTS (and other pathologies). If you are having difficulties with numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand or arm, Dr. Epp would like to talk to you about your symptoms and try to relieve the root cause of these symptoms. Chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand often provide relief from CTS.
Let Dr. Epp explain how chiropractic care can relieve your CTS. Give us a call at 717-695-3540.