CTS is one of the most common conditions affecting the nerves of the hand. It is estimated that almost 5% of women and 3% of men have CTS. Most cases of CTS develop in people who are between 45-64 years of age.
Fortunately, not all wrist pain should be called CTS. It is important to determine, if in fact, the symptoms are being caused by the pressure on the nerves of the wrist, or if there is a different cause of the problem. It is VERY common for these types of symptoms to exist when there is a neck misalignment, history of auto injury, or other spinal conditions. The nerves of the neck control all the nerves of our arms and hands. If the nerves of the neck are being compressed, wrist and hand pain is a common symptom. Your doctor of chiropractic is trained to determine whether your condition is a true carpal tunnel syndrome.
Physical therapy and/or specific adjustments of the wrist to alleviate the symptoms of true CTS can be performed. In more serious cases, a surgical referral may be required.
If you are experiencing CTS symptoms, chiropractic treatment is an excellent choice with which to begin. Chiropractic treatment should definitely be considered before more aggressive treatments, such as drugs or surgery, are attempted.