If you have numbness in your hands, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from a carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, there are many health conditions causing those symptoms. If you are suffering from those symptoms, you should consult a chiropractor in order to determine the exact source of your problem.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The carpal tunnel syndrome represents a compression of the median nerve, the nerve responsible for the sensitivity of the thumb, the index, the middle finger and a small part of the ring finger. The median nerve could be compressed at the wrist when traveling towards the fingers. Generally, the symptoms associated with a carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness and pain in the first four fingers of the hand. The pain is frequently felt at night and could even affect the patient’s sleep. In severe cases, some muscle weaknesses could be found in the hand.
The pronator teres syndrome looks similar to the carpal tunnel syndrome. In both cases, the median nerve is affected. However, in the pronator teres syndrome, the median nerve is compressed at the forearm by a muscle called the pronator teres instead of at the wrist. The symptoms are usually not common at night and muscle weaknesses are rare.
Compression of blood vessels
The blood vessels traveling from the shoulder to the hand could become compressed by different structures like muscles or ligaments. If it is the case, numbness and a swelling feeling in the fingers could be felt. The name of this condition is a thoracic outlet syndrome.
As you can see, many conditions could be responsible for numbness in the hands. The chiropractor is trained to perform different tests in order to make the difference between one condition and another. The type of treatment needed will then be determined. As usual, if you have those symptoms, don’t wait before consulting a chiropractor. It is usually easier to correct a health condition right when it starts.