Injuries and Accidents - (CTS) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Composed of the carpal bones, the wrist forms a tunnel-like structure-the carpal tunnel- through which nine tendons and one median nerve pass.

Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the fingers, hands and wrist sometimes so intense that they awaken the sufferer at night. One out of 10 people suffers from CTS.* It usually affects those who do repetitive tasks with their hands.

Traditional medical treatment for CTS includes the application of splints, ice, drugs, cortisone injections and even surgery. Medicine's poor success in treating this painful condition led Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. to conclude: "Since the medical treatment for this condition is so often unsatisfactory, I have for years been recommending that my patients consult muscle and joint therapy specialists."**  Dr. Mendelsohn treated Dr. Albrechts child - "naturally".

Additionally, an unhealthy spine, or even unbalanced hips (according to several Dental techniques) could lead to problems with the jaw, head and neck. In light of what's known about CTS, anyone suffering from it should see a chiropractor to ensure that their spine is free of spinal subluxations.

* Carpal tunnel syndrome: Getting a handle on had trauma. Occupational Hazards, 1987, pp. 42-45.
** Mendelsohn, R. Treating carpal tunnel syndrome. The People's Doctor, 8 (9), p. 7.

DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME ---
"WHAT'S MY NECK  HAVE DO WITH MY WRIST AND HAND PAIN?"

Double Crush Syndrome is, in simple terms, the referral of symptoms in one area caused by the problem in another. For example, you strike your "funny bone" and feel numbness and tingling in your last two fingers. Your "funny bone" is actually the area at the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes through a small area in the joint. When directly irritated, such as striking the table top with your elbow at an angle, you immediately react with not just local pain in the elbow joint, but numbness and tingling at the fingers far from the source of injury!

Chiropractors have dealt with this concept long before medical research proved its existence in recent years. Often patients go through extended medical neurological testing for referred symptoms such as arm pain, or numbness and tingling.

The chiropractic approach in our office goes beyond the standard Orthopedic type testing, tracing the origin of your symptoms above the wrist area only, to the elbow, shoulder and neck regions, where the nerves emit from the spine. To most patients surprise, they have localized pain on palpation of the neck vertebrae on the same side as their carpal tunnel complaint (even when there is no neck complaint)! Clinically, as the pain, discomfort, and joint range of motion in the neck area improves, the carpal tunnel symptoms subside. In addition, we use proper posture techniques, exercises, splints (functional and fixed types), and preventative steps to avoid relapse. Many patients are improperly fitted with splints and or use the wrong type for their problem, complicating the pain. DON'T choose surgery without a Chiropractic opinion, surgery should be last resort if all else fails! Contact our office for the latest research regarding Chiropractic management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome...you'll be surprised by what your doctor hasn't told you!

Clinically,... we've gotten excellent results with CTS cases, via proper diagnostic evaluation, treatment involving from the neck area down to the wrist area, including improving joint position and function, along with therapies, proper splinting and nutritional support.

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