The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway within the wrist where it connects to the hand. It is comprised of four borders, three of which are formed by 8 tiny carpal bones arranged in a horseshoe shape. The fourth border of the carpal tunnel is formed by a ligament that passes across the two ends of the ‘horseshoe’ connecting and supporting the carpal arch of bones. This narrow tunnel is only about the size of a person’s finger. Inside the tunnel there are 10 structures, one large nerve (the median nerve) and nine tendons that connect to the muscles and control finger movements.
With repetitive motions, stress, injuries and other factors, those 8 carpal bones that form the carpal arch (or carpal tunnel) can lose their healthy alignment. When this happens one or more of the carpal bones can move inward decreasing the size of the tunnel. This misalignment can create pressure on the median nerve which will irritate and inflame the nerve. Eventually this will cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, and in severe cases a weakening or even loss of grip strength.
Surgery for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome carries significant risks and patients should be well informed prior to considering surgery as an option. For years people have been searching for a conservative option to relieve their numbness and hand pain. There have been different hand braces and exercises designed to attempt to alleviate the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome but many times these only provide minor relief.
The good news is that carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated and corrected effectively without the need for surgery. In fact, even if surgery has already been attempted and failed to provide the patient with relief this treatment can still be extremely beneficial. Dr H’Doubler has had advanced training on how to manage and treat patients who are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment he provides is unique and involves very specific gentle adjustments to the misaligned carpal bones. In fact, Dr H’Doubler has received referrals from other physicians for patients with significant health problems involving their hands.