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Posted on 10-19-2012

Carpal tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common problem that affects millions of people every year. It is common in over use occupations such as hairdressers, bakers, construction workers, and especially with desk jobs and computer usage. True CTS is entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel (in the wrist). The tunnel is made up of the carpal bones and a piece of tissue called the flexor retinaculum. When it gets inflamed, the tendons and nerve going through it get irritated. This causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the first 3 ½ fingers. If you are having symptoms in your pinky finger, it’s a different condition and NOT CTS! CTS is very commonly misdiagnosed because the pain, numbness and/or tingling may be coming from the wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck. It is important to have a thorough evaluation to make sure the proper treatment is being done. Chiropractic treatment helps CTS very effectively with adjusting, stretching, active release technique, laser light therapy, and electrical stimulation. Usually, I don’t recommend surgery because of: common misdiagnose, unsuccessful surgical outcomes, future scar tissue formation that causes the symptoms again, and the fact that chiropractic treatment successfully treats it in most cases.

If you know somebody who has any kind of pain, numbness, or tingling in their arm or hand, please have them call us to schedule an appointment!

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