Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) , also called "repetitive trauma disorder" or "overuse syndrome" (OS), occurs when the median nerve is irritated.
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 domestic workers, secretaries, computer users, meat cutters, assembly line workers, carpenters, musicians and others 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."
Your Spine & CTS
The relationship between spinal health and carpal tunnel has been documented by a number of individuals who found spinal nerve root irritation in patients who had carpal tunnel or ulnar neuropathy. Others have found that nerve compression in the neck can block the flow of nutrients to the nerves in the wrist, making it more susceptible to injury (this is called the double crush syndrome). Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were investigated, it was found that a large number of those suffering from CTS also had neck arthritis.
In light of what's known about CTS, anyone suffering from it should schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors to ensure that their spine is free of spinal subluxations. A chiropractic spinal adjustment at our office may make the difference between a pain-free wrist or surgery!
Call 770-966-800 to schedule your appointment today.