A direct injury to the wrist or, more often, repetitive stress over time can injure the delicate joints that form the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the condition in which the median nerve which passes through the wrist becomes pinched. This results in pain, numbness or tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers.
The wrist is comprised of two rows of four bones each for a total of eight bones. Each of these bones articulates with the others in such a way as to allow for the complex motion of the wrist and hand. Misalignments of these bones can cause pain. The misaligned bones and the resulting swelling can pinch the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome.
By realigning the bones of the wrist and restoring proper motion to those joints tremendous relief can be achieved. In addition, home stretches and exercises are important for full recovery.
Our modern world with the increased stress on the wrist from computer use takes its toll. In addition to treating the wrist, some simple changes to the work station can help improve the stress on the wrist so that the condition can heal more quickly and not return.
The CCEP (certified chiropractic extremity practitioner) accreditation is an area of study within chiropractic that specializes in the wrist joint and other extremities of the body.
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