Specific Health Concern >> Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses what you need to consider BEFORE having Carpal Tunnel Surgery.
Your doctor will not discuss with you the consequences of having the surgery and what you may have to live with if you have the surgery.
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Also Known as Median nerve dysfunction and Median nerve entrapment; Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome presents with several different symptoms and signs.
The median nerve provides feeling and movement to the "thumb side" of the hand (the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger).
The area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is called the Carpal Tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel. Other causes include:
The condition occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men.
A number of medical problems are associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including:
Medications used in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Corticosteroid injections, given into the carpal tunnel area, may relieve symptoms for a period of time.
Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure that cuts into the ligament that is pressing on the nerve. Surgery is successful most of the time, but it depends on how long the nerve compression has been occurring and its severity. Be mindful that there is the possibility of scar tissue causing the Carpal Tunnel symptoms to return after several months after surgery. Many times the surgeon will fail to mention this when discussing the outcome of surgery.
Symptoms often improve with conservative treatment, and about 50% of cases may eventually require surgery. Surgery can be successful, but full healing can take months.
If the condition is treated properly, there are usually no complications. If untreated, the nerve can be damaged, causing permanent weakness, numbness, and tingling. Surgical complications include loss of feeling in the hand and fingers, loss of movement in the fingers, and a loss of grip strength.
Medicines Two Choices for You
Conservative Treatment First
Dr. Huntoon has 27 years of experience treating this uncomfortable condition for so many. Being able to differentiate between TRUE Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the "conditions that mimic" Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is what separates Dr. Huntoon for so many other "specialists" who will diagnose and offer surgery based on your presentation without doing a proper workup. Consider that before saying yes to surgical intervention.
Working with a Chiropractor who specializes in extremity adjustments should be your first choice before trying anything else. Appreciate the underlying cause is one or more of your carpal bones in your wrist has moved out of its normal position thereby creating pressure on the Median nerve. These Specialized Holistic Chiropractors will adjust the bone(s) back to their normal position and will offer some supportive supplements that help to reduce the inflammation and help heal the ligaments that support the area.
You may try wearing a splint at night for several weeks. If this does not help, you may need to try wearing the splint during the day. Avoid sleeping on your wrists. Cold compresses may also be recommended.
There are many changes you can make in the workplace to reduce the stress on your wrist:
Special devices include keyboards, different types of computer mouse, cushioned mouse pads, and keyboard drawers.
Someone should review the position you are in when performing your work activities.
For example, make sure the keyboard is low enough so that your wrists aren't bent upward while typing. Your health care provider may suggest an occupational therapist.
You may also need to make changes in your work duties or recreational activities. Some of the jobs associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include those that involve typing and vibrating tools. Carpal tunnel syndrome has also been linked to professional musicians.
Treatment with an Acupuncturist, Homeopath or Naturopath has also shown great results for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with your Holistic Chiropractor if:
Signs and Tests
During a physical examination, the health care provider may find:
Tests may include:
Working with your Holistic Chiropractor who can help to keep your body, joints and tendons in a healthy working state is important.
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