carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes. A peripheral nerve entrapment is simply a nerve being compressed. CTS cost Americans billions annually in medical care cost and even more in non-medical care cost. 

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your hand/wrist that is surrounded by wrist bones and ligaments. Tendons and the median nerve lie in the tunnel. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed causing numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand/arm area.   

CTS occurs more often in women and older adults and 50% of the time occurs on both sides. 

CTS can develop from repetitive hand use, trauma to the area, exposure to excess vibration (like a jackhammer), pregnancy, arthritis, but in a lot of cases it is idiopathic. Which is a big fancy word for no one really knows. 

How do I know if I have CTS? 

People who experience CTS may have some of the following complaints

•              pain when they use their hand/wrist

•              feeling numbness or tingling in the hand area (usually at the thumb, pointer finger, and middle finger)

•              Pain/numbness/tingling at night that may wake them up

•              When shaking hand back and forth it feels better 

•              In later stages/more severe cases may experience muscle weakness leading to “clumsiness’ 

How are we going to treat CTS?

•              Myofascial release therapy 

                        Using a hands-on technique, pressure will be applied to the tight and affected muscles to get them to relax. Learn about myofascial release

◦              Laser therapy 

                        Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain, Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive, and virtually free of side effects. Learn about laser therapy

•              Stretches/Exercises

                     Stretches and Exercises will be taught to aid in recovery. 

•              Education

                     Teach you positions to avoid and bracing education.

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that usually doesn’t go away on its own and commonly continues to get worse.

Seeking care immediately to treat CTS is best for a favorable outcome.

Ideally, it would be best to rest and not use your hand but that is not always an option. Occupations and hobbies prevent this from happening.

We understand that and we have success treating conditions while you continue your daily life and head in a pain-free direction.   

References:  

Sevy JO, Varacallo M. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. [Updated 2020 Aug 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448179/  

Cleveland Clinic. (2019). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [Photograph]. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4005-carpal-tunnel-syndrome  

Dr. Benjamin Penton D.C., M.S.

Dr. Benjamin Penton D.C., M.S.

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