Carpal tunnel syndrome may be one of the most misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in modern medicine. It’s a crying shame because countless carpal tunnel victims could end their pain and suffering almost overnight if they only knew what local San Diego chiropractors and carpal tunnel syndrome specialists revealed to the public. If you’re suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome, what you’re about to discover can literally give you your life back. If you know anyone battling carpal tunnel syndrome, have them read this article. You may be responsible for changing their life.
Here are the stunning facts. The U.S. Department of Labor has concluded that carpal tunnel syndrome is the “chief occupational hazard of the 90′s – disabling workers in epidemic proportions.” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects over 8 million Americans. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the #1 reported medical problem, accounting for about 50% of all work related injuries. Only 25% of all Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients were able to return to their previous professions following surgery. Up to 36% of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients require unlimited medical treatment. Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the second most common type of surgery, with well over 230,000 procedures performed annually.
These statistics should tell you that something is radically wrong with the accepted methods of treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Surgery may not be the way to go when 230,000 surgeries are being performed each year and only 25% of people who went through surgery are able to return to their previous jobs. And returning to work does not mean pain-free. I wonder how many of that 25% that were considered to be successful were actually pain-free following the surgery.
Add in the inherent risks of all surgeries (like the ones that go horribly wrong) and your option of going under the knife starts looking like a distant last resort. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has traditionally been defined as an entrapment of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel of your wrist. The floor of the carpal tunnel is made of eight carpal also known as “wrist” bones. They are odd shaped and fit together kind of like a puzzle. Ligaments (which are like fishing line) help hold the bones together.
The roof of the tunnel is a ligament. It is known as the transverse carpal ligament. It stretches from one side of the tunnel to the other. The space that is formed between the carpal bones and the transverse carpal ligament is about the size of your pinky. A bunch of “things” pass through that small space. These include nine flexor tendons (tendons attach muscle to bone), blood vessels and one nerve. This is the median nerve, which is the primary nerve to your hand. The traditional definition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is compression of the median nerve as it passes through the tunnel.
Nerves are like small wires that broadcast electrical impulses from your brain and spinal cord to the remainder of your body. Each time you desire to move your hand, your brain sends electrical impulses down the median nerve to the muscles in your hand, causing them to contract. Nerves are very responsive and can easily get compressed. If the median nerve gets strained or compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel, it causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is usually thought that an injury or repetitive stress to the wrist can cause such an injury.
Here’s the problem with all of this. There is another condition that causes similar symptoms as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that has little or nothing to do with the wrist! This condition is called Double Crush Syndrome. Here’s how it works. There are many sites that can compress a nerve as it goes from your spinal cord to your wrist. Double Crush Syndrome occurs when you have multiple compression sites from your neck down to your wrist. A compression site closer to the spinal cord and brain makes it much easier for a nerve to be compressed elsewhere in the body. Other areas that can get compressed include the wrist. Carpal tunnel pain is usually the combination of the compression sites that cause the problem.
So in most cases, if you remove the entrapment or compression that is closer to the spine, many, if not all, of your symptoms will go away without ever touching the wrist! The most common sites of compression or entrapment are a muscle in your forearm called the pronator teres, the thoracic outlet by your shoulder, and your neck. The most frequent place seems to be as the nerve exits your spine in your neck.
By restoring function of your neck via chiropractic care, compression on the nerve can be relieved. This will eliminate the Double Crush Syndrome and fix the true cause of your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is why specialized chiropractic care can work wonders for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when all else has failed.
The significant thing to remember is you must be evaluated by a doctor that understands Double Crush Syndrome and evaluate you for all the possible compression sites and fix them properly. A total Chiropractic evaluation can also detect if your carpal tunnel symptoms are coming from one of the other compression/entrapment sites like your forearm, shoulder or wrist and work on those areas as well. A hand specialist may completely overlook the actual cause of your problem which may be the Double Crush Syndrome.
To find out more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, those inquiring can search for Dr. Michael Pritsker, D.C. in San Diego. He has successfully treated thousands of carpal tunnel pain patients with advanced spinal decompression, chiropractic care, and active release techniques. He can be reached at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego at 619-630-9153.
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