Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects literally thousands of Americans each year. CTS is a repetitive stress injury that can cause numbness, tingling, neck tension, weakness of the hands, swelling, night pain, abnormal sensations, and hand clumsiness. Not surprisingly, this is a condition that is very common among members of the workforce who perform stressful, repetitive tasks with their arms and hands throughout the work day. Some of the most common causes of CTS include poor posture, repetitive movements that are not completed properly, damage due to a fall or some other injury, and sleeping on your hands or your stomach. These are only a few of the most common causes, though there are many more things that can contribute to or cause CTS.
The worst thing about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is that it is a condition that can dramatically affect your everyday life, including your career. There are a lot of workers who are forced to take time off from work due to CTS, but there are also many workers who have no choice but to leave their job due to the effects of this horrible, life changing condition!
One of the biggest misconceptions about CTS is that it requires surgery to correct. Sadly, many medical doctors do not treat the real root causes of CTS, and the surgeries regularly end up being ineffective, needless, and not solving the real problem.
To put it very simply, there are only a few structures of the body that are involved and/or effected by CTS. These are the Median Nerve, nine of the Flexor Tendons (tendons that allow you to flex your wrist and fingers), and the blood vessels located in the fingers and in the palm of the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the Median Nerve becomes compressed within the carpal tunnel (a small canal located in the wrist).
There are a small number of people who are born with a problem that results in CTS. Most people develop CTS as a result of one of the activities mentioned above. However, more often than not, the problem does not lie completely in the wrist… there is almost always a bigger problem (usually a ‘crush’ site), located on the primary Median Nerve in the neck. Since the nerve runs through the neck and down the arm to the hand, damage done to the nerve in any other location than the wrist can result in CTS just as well as damage in the wrist.
One of the reasons why it is so easy for medical doctors to mis-diagnose the cause of CTS is the fact that doctors are trained to diagnose and treat the symptoms of an injury, and with all of the pain in the wrist, most doctors (not surprisingly) assume that the problem is in the wrist. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is actually a chiropractic problem, because the root cause of CTS is often found in a structural misalignment of the neck. This affects the Median Nerve, and the pain caused travels to the hand, causing numbness, pain, or any other number of symptoms.
Many people do not realize how practical and effective chiropractic care can be for a condition such as CTS. For minor cases, you can be completely relieved of your condition in 1 to 4 weeks! Of course, continued chiropractic care is necessary to help you avoid future problems, but the money and trouble that this care will save you will far outweigh the costs and problems that a surgery will bring you. In fact, studies have shown that for over a hundred years, patients and researchers alike have both reported that chiropractic adjustments have consistently provided relief from both typical carpal tunnel symptoms and overall body function!
Chiropractors have been successfully treating CTS for years… it is just that people tend to go to the medical doctor first when they have pain. If more medical doctors forwarded CTS patients to capable chiropractors, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome would be much less of a problem. Before agreeing to go on medication or to have surgery performed on your wrist for CTS, always check with a capable chiropractor who has experience diagnosing and treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Odds are very good that your chiropractor will be able to fix the root causes of the problem, and chiropractic care has a high success rate in preventing the need for medication or surgery.