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Herniated Cervical Disk, Bulging Disk, Ruptured Disk, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm 1 Comment

San Francisco Bay Area Back and Wrist Pain Center comments on the Connection Between Cervical  Disk Herniations and Carpal Tunnel Symptoms:

The San Francisco Financial District is one of the epicenters of the technological revolution. I'm sure the typical office worker spends way more than the national average sitting at a desk, working with a computer. I guess I would know, because for the past 15 years we have treated thousands of cases of repetitive stress injuries and related disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, during the dot-com days we would help setup facilities for hundreds of office workers and give ergonomic classes to help them get through the 12-15 hour days they were putting in. Of course, in reality, there is not much you can do to overcome the stress of working this hard. There is not enough time for the body to rest, recover, and repair itself. In a way, I see the same thing now, just not as extreme. I guess it will always be a pressure cooker down here, or as we like to call it, a corporate jungle. So, it's survival of the fittest. Those that take the best care of themselves will be in position to take advantage of what it is that they are striving for. In reality, there is nothing more important than your health. It's my job to help you to maintain it by providing you with information that you can use to get and stay healthy.  So, what's the relationship between disk herniations and carpal tunnel syndrome ? Well, the main commonality is that they express themselves the same way.  Another words, the symptoms are the same. Hand pain. Numbness & Tingling in the hands. Weakness of grip. Night pain (in the hands). Shoulder, arm, and elbow pain. Pain that radiates from the hand into the arm. Even neck pain (can result from carpal tunnel syndrome). The thing is, the nerves that exit from in between the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. When we get pressure on the nerves from herniated cervical disks, it can cause the above mentioned symptoms, which are identical to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is the result of pressure on a nerve in the wrist called the Median Nerve. Both of these conditions can result from sitting at a desk for long hours (without proper ergonomics or rest periods) day in and day out. I am going to direct you to a very well written article about herniated cervical disks which explains how these conditions develop. Only about 5-10% of disk herniations or CTS become chronic and do not resolve in a matter of months. It is actually this 5-10% that my practice focuses on. We are setup to treat CTS and cervical disk herniations without drugs or surgery. We have 15 years experience and use the latest technology along with plenty of hands on, and TLC. So, if you or someone you know is suffering needlessly, give us a call at 415-392-2225 for a complimentary consultation. Chances are, you will be glad you did. 

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Dear Doc,

Awesome article you wrote.  I've even known people who've had carpal tunnel surgery with no relief because, come to find out, the problem wasn't in their wrist or hand but rather it was in their neck.

Everyone these days is a dot-commer in a sense it seems.  Just about everyone I know spends hours upon hours every week on their computers.  In fact most people, on top of doing that at home, work everyday - all day on the computer or at a desk job.

This, as you've seen, creates poor posture that intern creates nerve pressure and pain.  Over time, even can cause that " dreaded disc injury".The best office ergonomics and postural tips you give people makes a huge difference as well as some supports and stretches/exercises at home they can use like a good neck pillow and hand and neck exercises.

Thank you- NJ

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