Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a "tunnel" through which the nerve leading to the hand extends.
Irritation to this nerve often results in numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and thumb, loss of grip strength in the hand and thumb, and pain/numbness radiating from the neck and arm.
If left untreated, CTS in advanced stages can become quite serious, involving a loss of sensation, muscle deterioration, and permanent loss of function.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly treated by chiropractors. The methods most chiropractors use as treatment include manipulation of the wrist, elbow, and upper spine, ultrasound therapy, and wrist supports. Studies have shown individuals suffering from CTS display significant improvements in several measures of strength, range of motion, and pain after receiving chiropractic treatment. Researchers concluded that chiropractic treatment is effective for people with CTS.