Tingling and pain in hands

by Samra
(Cleveland Ohio)

Pronator teres affecting median nerve

Pronator teres affecting median nerve


First, I'd like to express my appreciation for your very informative website!

I am a healthy 62 yr old woman with osteopenia and mild arthritic symptoms in my right thumb joint. I have been treated by a local chiropractor for C1, C6, upper & mid Thoracic, L5,6 adjustments. Hopefully, I will be able to see her later this week.

The past week my husband and I have been renovating an old home. For several days, I have concentrated on removing carpet and laminate flooring staples from the original wood flooring. This involved kneeling, leaning forward, grasping a pair of pliers with both hands, applying constant pressure while pulling or pushing the pliers back and forth. I'm now experiencing tingling, numbness and pain in both hands. At first I thought that I had aggravated my carpal tunnels.

But now, after reading your site, I think that the majority of the problem is stemming from the cervical area. The Brachial Plexus seems inflamed as well. Flexing my arms straight up seems to help the most. Massage and ice applications along with muscle rubbing cream on the neck, front and back shoulder and carpal tunnel provides limited relief.

I don't intend to self-diagnosis myself, but I do enjoy learning what the cause of pain and discomfort is and how to avoid causing myself pain in the future. Also, it helps me to understand the benefits of chiropractic care.

Thank you very much!

Thank you for the compliments, Samra.

Critical is precisely which fingers are affected. Another distinct possibility is the median nerve being pinched between the two bellies of the pronator teres muscle. With all the squeezing of the pliars this should be considered.

On the other hand, relief by raising your hand above your head does suggest your neck may be involved. If you turn your head to the side and then simultaneously looking up does it cause pain in the neck or tingling in the arm and hand? This is called Spurling's sign.

Then is the upper limb tension test positive? Find it using the search function in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.

Let me know.

Dr B

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