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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The compression causes pain and numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb. Carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a “tunnel.” The median nerve travels through the tunnel to supply the thumb and first two fingers.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome results from compression of the median nerve as it travels through a tight tunnel at the wrist. There are many causes of CTS, but it’s primarily the result of repetitive motions of the wrist, such as typing or repetitive assembly line work. These repetitive movements can cause swelling around the tendons that move through the tunnel along with the median nerve, resulting in compression of the nerve and producing the symptoms of CTS.  Trauma, certain diseases, and pregnancy may also trigger CTS.


Treatment

The traditional medical approach is rest, anti-inflammatory medication and splinting. If that fails, the approach is surgical decompression of the tunnel by cutting open the wrist.

The chiropractic approach taken at Deutsch Chiropractic is very different. Ours is a more rehabilitative strategy including manipulation of the wrist to open up the tunnel and reduce pressure on the nerve. We may consider manipulation of the elbow and upper spine to normalize joints that affect the nerve. We’ll show you exercise and stretching to support the process of reducing pressure on the nerve, ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation and a variety of soft tissue techniques including Graston and Active Release to the muscles and tendons that traverse the forearm and wrist. Nutritional supplementation, an anti-inflammatory diet, and acupuncture may also be considerations.

The proper course of treatment differs for each person, depending on the cause. Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen understand Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and have experience working with patients like you in the Watertown area to relieve the pain.

Contact Deutsch Chiropractic for care of your carpal tunnel syndrome.

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