- Computers causing wrist pain.
- What is Carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Causes of wrist pain
- Drug free, surgery free solutions.
CTS, RSI it’s all very confusing when it comes to something as apparently simple as a sore wrist. Even more perplexing is that in my experience so many people have carpal tunnel syndrome misdiagnosed.
Carpal tunnel syndrome grew to popularity in the early 1990s as RSI (repetitive strain injury) declined in the popular media. Both were largely a result of the fast paced move to long periods of computer usage.
So what is the Carpal tunnel? Inside the wrist is an opening that carries nerves and tendons from the arm to the hand. The floor of this opening is formed by a collection of small wrist bones called Carpals and the roof by the transverse carpal ligament.
The most common cause of wrist pain that I see, is due to wrist subluxations. This is where the bones of the wrist lose their normal movement patterns and positions, causing a restriction in the carpal tunnel space and irritation to the nerves, tendons and capsules around all those small joints in the wrist. Pressure and irritation to the median nerve causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and wrist area. Irritation of the tendons can cause stiffness and pain in the hands, wrist or even the forearm.
So what can you do about it? The first step is to find out if it really is Carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS can be mimicked by compression of nerves at the collarbone region, in the neck or simply as a result of improper joint function at the wrist. Often simply changing the head and neck posture at a computer will go a long way toward relieving the issue without the need for drugs and surgery.
Chiropractic care is wonderfully effective at locating the cause, correcting it and giving a person ideas on how to prevent recurrence in the future. I now correct up to 20 wrist issues each week, and people love the freedom and comfort they get with a very simple adjustment.
Getting your wrist, neck and spine checked if you suspect you may have carpal tunnel issues is very simple. We collect a history and background of your problem and then examine your posture and work habits. Sometimes we’ll even request a photo of your workstation! Following this with computerised nervous system scans and close attention to the affected limb allows us to isolate then cause. If necessary we can even x-ray any regions that need further inspection.
Once we have all the details and have confirmed the cause of your wrist pain then rehabilitation of the problem can begin. This usually involves stretches or exercises along with specific attention to improving wrist function, neck function and resiliency to daily tasks.
No more sore wrist is a great place to be!
Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals.
With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also gives him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.