Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It's really NOT all in the Hand!
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Treatment Center comments:
I have successfully treated hundreds, if not thousands of cases of arm and hand pain at my carpal tunnel injury center in the San Francisco Financial District. For many years this was our primary focus. What I discovered early on was that doctors and therapist were quick to diagnose any kind of hand pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness, as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is by definition compression of the median nerve (this is the only nerve in the carpal tunnel) inside the carpal tunnel. This can happen by either the outside diameter of the tunnel (the 8 carpal bones and transverse ligament) becoming smaller, or the contents of the tunnel (the median nerve, 9 flexor tendons, blood vessels) becoming larger. In both instances there becomes less space in the tunnel and the median nerve is compressed, causing the signs and symptoms we associate with CTS. So, this is classic CTS. Well, how does this happen ? I could spend the next several hours writing this out, but since I don't have time I will refer you to a really good article I found that provides the same information that I would give you if I were to write it out or present a seminar. That is of course until it gets to the treatment options. However, It does at least mention chiropractic as an alternative treatment, which is good. I have refined a specific treatment protocol that we utilize at my clinic and have taught other doctors around the country. I plan on putting this information online at some point as soon as it is ready. The bottom line is that doctors must check patients from the neck to the hands since the neck is where the nerves originate. Pressure on the nerves in the neck (which is where the median nerve originates) can cause the same symptoms as CTS. Here is an article that explains what I mean in specific detail. Not only must your doctor know how to check you and where to check. They must also have a treatment that can be applied to remove nerve pressure at the various compression sites between the neck and hand. This is the problem. You can end up going on a major wild goose chase before you actually find someone that knows what they are doing. If you are local and need help, please call me at 415-392-2225. Or, if you are out of the area and would like a referral, call me and I will find someone for you that I have trained.