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Life Chiropractic’s Dr. Hernandez Discusses Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Greetings from your friends at Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture serving Newark, North Bergen, and the surrounding areas. We produce podcasts and blogs as a public service to educate the general public about how and why Americans increasingly include chiropractic treatment in their pain management care plan. We offer a comprehensive approach to pain management that includes chiropractic care, acupuncture, pain management-related lifestyle counselling, and a host of other pain management services and techniques.

Today’s blog post addresses the very common condition “carpal tunnel syndrome”. We invite you to listen and read along with Dr. Hernandez as he discusses the subject of carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, we invite you to contact us anytime to learn the specifics of our approach to treat carpal tunnel and how Life Chiropractic can help you live the pain-free life that you deserve!

Now, on to Dr. Hernandez’s video.

Alright, good morning everyone. Today I want to talk about carpal tunnel syndrome. Most people have heard the term carpal tunnel syndrome and I'm going to show you real easy what kind of symptoms you get as a carpal tunnel syndrome patient.

So here the hand, we have what we call the carpal tunnel. Many times the nerves get trapped. The most common, there's two nerves that go through here. Primarily it's called the ulnar nerve and the median nerve and in this tunnel the medium nerve will usually get trapped and people will get sensations like numbness and tingling. It's kind of like you feel the sensation of pins and needles as many people will describe it. Many people have to do this shaking of the hand in order to sort of wake up their hand.

Now the reason for that is if we look closer here we're going to look at the carpal tunnel. This is a beautiful picture of somebody's hand and right over here you have this carpal tunnel. In this carpal tunnel you have the yellow which you see this is one of the nerves. This is the other the median nerve. So we have the median nerve and we have the ulnar nerve. One of those two nerves is boucnd to get trapped. Why it gets trapped has many reasons. Many times, again, if we look closer here, there are repetitive movements. The most common is somebody on a keyboard for too many hours so their wrist is bent and this creates trapping of the nerve. The second is somebody who does a lot of manual work. Forr example people that do a lot of knitting and those kind of things like basket weaving etc that can create a carpal tunnel. Again, you are doing a repetitive motion with your wrist and this creates problems. We can see a picture here of somebody knitting. We could see somebody playing guitar. You have your hand in a very awkward position. So when you do this for a long period of time you are bound to trap the nerve and that's when people get the carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.

Now if we look again closer here you can see the yellow this is the nerve and then these white things are the tendons. So there's a lot of things that go through this tunnel. There are many tendons if we look up here again you see the tendons in here the white ones. Please control your fingers and it causes the nerves to be trapped. Many times the problem is here or it could be traced back to the elbow or it can be traced back up to the neck.

So that's a little explanation about the carpal tunnel and it's symptoms. On another occasion I'll explain to you what we're going to do fix it. Thank you for listening.