If you have tingling and numbness in your hands and arms, there is a good chance you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). What is the Carpal Tunnel? It is the passageway that protects the main nerve to your hand (the median nerve) and the nine tendons that allow your fingers to move. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is what happens when this nerve is compressed.
Carpal Tunnel and Your Spine
So, what does that have to do with your spine? This median nerve starts in your neck, goes through your arm, and extends into your hand via the Carpal Tunnel. It is also formed from nerve roots extending from your spine. The compression on this median nerve leads to the tingling, numbness, or other symptoms in your hands and arms. An upper cervical adjustment to relieve any irritation on the nerve roots will also relieve any pressure on the median nerve. That irritation of those nerve roots extending from your spine may cause the irritation of your median nerve and the tingling in your hands or fingers.
So, how do you know if you have CTS? Were you in a car accident? Did you fall? Did you experience a sports related injury? Have you sought the care of an upper cervical specialist since that fall or collision? Any of these or countless other episodes that resulted in spinal damage could have resulted in CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
- Difficulty gripping or carrying objects
- Numbness or tingling in the hands
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers
- Pain that extends to the elbow
- Pain in the wrist or hand
- Poor finger coordination
- Muscle deterioration under the thumb
- Weakness in the hands
Any of the above symptoms are signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and could be a sign of spinal damage from a fall or collision. Don’t ignore those symptoms. Ignoring them could lead to further complications and reduce your quality of life. It is imperative that you seek an upper cervical specialist, so they can determine whether or not that pain in your wrist can be alleviated with the proper adjustment.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com