<title>Awender Chiropractic | Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’s 2nd Cousin; Guyon’s Canal Syndrome </title>
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<h1>Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’s 2nd Cousin; Guyon’s Canal Syndrome </h1>

This syndrome is as common as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), yet often goes undetected. The numbness caused by these two syndromes affects the hand in different locations. When the median nerve is compressed in CTS, pain and numbness spread into the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. Compression of the ulnar nerve in Guyon's canal syndrome usually causes numbness in the pinky and half of the ring finger.

The ulnar nerve actually starts at the side of the neck, where the individual nerve roots exit the spine through small openings between the vertebrae. After leaving the side of the neck, the ulnar nerve travels through the arm pit and down the arm to the hand and fingers. As it crosses the wrist, the ulnar nerve and ulnar artery run through the tunnel known as Guyon's canal. The tunnel is formed by two bones, the pisiform and the hamate, as well as the ligament that connects them. After passing through the canal, the ulnar nerve branches out to supply feeling to the little finger and half the ring finger. Branches of this nerve also supply the small muscles in the palm and the muscle that pulls the thumb toward the palm.

Guyon's canal syndrome has several causes. Overuse of the wrist from heavy gripping, twisting, and repeated wrist and hand motions can cause symptoms. Working with the hand bent down and outward can squeeze the nerve inside Guyon's canal. Activities that might be causing your symptoms need to be changed or stopped if at all possible. Avoid repetitive hand motions, heavy grasping, resting your palm against hard surfaces, and positioning or working with your wrist bent down and out. Chiropractic adjustments of the pisiform and hamate bones opens up Guyon’s canal and relieves pressure on the ulnar nerve. The recovery time is much shorter than surgery, far less painful and the cost is substantially lower. Often times however there are other areas of constriction in the arm, shoulder or neck that lead to similar symptoms which can also be detected and corrected by a chiropractor who is trained in neurology and orthopedics. Recently the FDA has approved the use of low-level laser therapy for the reduction of pain that has also shown great promise in this area.

Please contact our office at 1-888-DrAwender for a consultation with our knowledgeable doctors who are specialists in the use of chiropractic and other non-intrusive, non-surgical methods for the relief of Guyon's canal symptoms.

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