Can A Car Wreck Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by GM
(North CArolina)

I was in a car wreck and started experiencing a lot of pain in wrist fingers and up the arm.

I had a sprained arm but had numbness so my doctor referred me to an orthopedic.

He suspected CTS and I had the Nerve Conduction Test and it showed CTS in the hand that had been giving me problems.

I have never had these symptoms before and I am just wondering if the car wreck could have caused CTS?


Joshua Answers:

Hi GM.

A car crash can absolutely cause Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.

But what does that mean exactly? If you're lucky, your doctors will treat you as if the problem is coming from up at the neck. If you're not lucky, they'll think that it's coming from the wrist.

Check out the Whiplash page.

Essentially, the car accident whips the head around, and the connective tissue and muscle structures not only seize up to protect you, but they stay tight, and you can get rip and tear damage.

This causes the Scalene muscles to clamp down on the nerve that feeds the arm and hand, and like a foot stepping on a hose, cuts off nerve flow.

You may want to check out my Reversing Whiplash ebook.

It is possible of course that you had a pre-existing dynamic of Wrist Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that just wasn't causing any symptoms until the trauma from the car accident amped up the problem to problem levels.

More questions, more answers.

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Oct 16, 2012
Can you get carpal tunnel from a severe auto accident?
by: Kathy

Can you get carpal tunnel from a severe auto accident?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Kathy.

As you'll see above, essentially the answer to your question is 'yes'.

Assuming that you didn't have ANY carpal tunnel factors at play before a car accident, you certainly can afterwards.

The sudden impact causes the body to tighten up. When your head whips around, the muscles connecting your neck get contracted and strained.

Shoulder and forearm and hand muscles are affected from the byproduct of a tight grip and impacts.

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms can come from the wrist, higher up the arm, and/or the neck and front of shoulder/chest/neck.

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