Carpal Tunnel 101 | Chiropractor for Carpal Tunnel in Fairhaven, MA
Hello everyone. This is Dr. Dennis Barley at Barley Wellness here in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Today we’re going to talk about a condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The hand and wrist of your body contains 27 moveable bones. And there can be a compression in something called the carpal tunnel. What is the carpal tunnel, we have eight bones in our in our wrist four, a row of four and another row of four. And underneath is a tendon or something called the flexor retinaculum. It forms a tunnel, the bones are arched here on top of your wrist. And here is that tunnel, in through that tunnel is the median nerve and artery and vein that median nerve does innervate, the thumb, the forefinger, the middle finger, and the median medial part medial part of the ring finger also, what does carpal tunnel feel like it can feel like a burning a numbness or tingling, strong pain into the wrists could be both wrists. And as a chiropractic office, we need to find out whether indeed you do have carpal tunnel syndrome.
We Conduct a Carpal Tunnel Consultation and Exam Before Treating
So the first thing that we’ll do is check will do is sit down with you and consult with you to find out how this happened. What’s it doing to your daily life, and what we can do about it if indeed we discovered that it is carpal tunnel, we will then do an examination after the consultation to find out whether you have carpal tunnel. And from there, we’ll check not just the wrist, but we’ll check the elbow for any impingement, the shoulder for any impingement. And the cervical spine for an impingement, that medium median nerve is innervated by the C-5-6-7. And the first thoracic T-1 nerve roots that innervate that make up that median nerve that travels into the into the wrist and into the hand. So we’ll do a complete examination to see whether you have any impingements not just at the wrist but elsewhere. And then we’ll we’ll get involved with our treatment protocols. And we’ll tell you a little bit more about that.