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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

 
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common an painful condition of the wrist and hands resoling from a pinched median nerve. This occurs due to increased pressure from inflammation in the wrist as a result of overworked fingers. People who do a lot of typing or gripping can develop CTS . Symptoms of CTS include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the thumb, index finger and 1/2 of the middle finger. In most cases these symptoms worsen with activity and at night. People often complain of waking up at night with their hand partially numb. 

OTHER CONDITIONS THAT MAY LOOK LIKE CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME.
 


The same nerves mentioned above can be pinched in other areas throughout the neck, shoulder and forearm resulting in similar symptoms of CTS. For example, a common area where these nerves are pinched is within a muscle called the Pronator Terries. This muscle lies around the elbow and wrist. and can be easily inflamed when doing the same repetitive activities resulting in CTS. This condition is called Pronator Terries Syndrome.

Another condition that can produce Carpal Tunnel like symptoms is called Thoracic Outlet syndrome. Again, this condition is the result of the nerves and blood vessels supplying the arm and ultimately the hand being inflamed and pinched within the neck and shoulders. Activities that cause Thoracic Outlet Syndrome would be keeping ones head turned for long periods as a result of poor work station ergonomics or having the phone between your shoulders and ear for long periods.  

CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO CARE

 
In mild to moderate cases of CTS, medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Support braces and physical therapy are also common treatment options. More severe or persistent cases of CTS may need surgery. Ssurgery is performed, ligaments in the wrist are cut in order to relieve pressure on the tendons, blood vessels, and nerves.
 
As with any medication or surgery, treatment results vary. Relief may be temporary and side effects should be considered. Medication however may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered. 

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to CTS. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of CTS 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of CTS, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of CTS is called Myofascial Release Technique (MRT). This treatment is used to help relax shortened overworked muscles that are irritating nerves. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.