Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cervical Disc Herniations, and Non-surgical Treatment Options
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
I have been treating repetitive stress injuries at our carpal tunnel injury center for almost 15 years. In fact, when I was in chiropractic college all of the students used to see me for their arm and hand pain. I just developed a liking toward working on the neck, arms, and hands. I followed this up with advanced training and eventually started giving seminars all over the country to other doctors on how to treat these stubborn conditions, mostly carpal tunnel syndrome. The funny thing is, all of my friends are chiropractors and I won't let most of them mess with my arms or hands. Since chiropractors earn their living with their hands, we can't afford to be without them. What we do is very similar to the office workers we treat, in the sense that there is so much repetitive motion. Chiropractors have a high incidence of disability due to overuse syndromes compared to the general population. Office workers (and chiropractors) also tend to develope cervical disc herniations because of all the rotation that they put into their necks moving their head back and forth from the computer screen (or adjusting table) to the other stuff they are doing. This causes the disc to wear abnormally, leading to bulges, herniations, and various repetitive stress traumas. For the most part, these conditions are completely treatable, but can often take many months to resolve. It's very hard to find someone that has lots of experience with these conditions. If you don't, you sometimes give up to early or don't know when to try something different. I hear horror stories about patients spending years and years doing the wrong kind of treatment. Some of them even having unnecessary surgery on the hands, and the doctor never even checked the neck. Now, even the medical community acknowledges that CTS like symptoms can stem from the neck. Especially from herniated disc in the neck. Here is a very good article by a duo of medical doctors on a case presentation of cervical herniated disc with carpal tunnel symptoms. Good until it comes to the treatment options. Non-surgical spinal decompression featuring the DRX 9000 is new, so you will not see it referenced much if at all in medical journals or articles. But, just give it a few years. Well, maybe 5-10 years, this stuff moves slow. Then, everyone will be using this technology in one way or another. I have simply added it to my already successful methods, making them even better. I believe doctors should look at all available options and consider what is the best for the patient, and the least invasive. This is the future of health care. So for now, we will work the the people that don't want to wait for the insurance companies and HMO's to give this new technology it's stamp of approval. People seek out what they want and are able to make intelligent decisions on their own.