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Posted on 11-18-2015
Carpal Tunnel – Getting on My Nerves
Author- Dr. Ryan Curda D.C.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be best categorized as a peripheral nerve entrapment of the Median nerve specifically as it passes thru the Carpal tunnel. What the heck does that mean? Simply put, a nerve gets compressed that goes into your hand causing numbness or pain. If you are experiencing numbness in the first three fingers of one or both of your hands, you may have Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Why does it get compressed?
Traditionally from performing a repetitive task for hours at a time that uses the muscles of the wrist and hand such as typing. The repetitive task causes tightness of the muscles whose tendons run through the Carpal Tunnel with the Median Nerve. As the tendons grow chronically tight they decrease the space allowed for other structures to pass through the opening. That’s why in years past, and unfortunately sometimes still practiced today, surgeons would cut the fascia that makes up the roof of the tunnel on the palm side of your wrist to make more space for the nerve and tendons. This procedure significantly reduces the long term stability of your wrist and will most likely lead to significant dysfunction and early degenerative changes. The Median Nerve can possibly become entrapped at five different locations along your arm and hand, so if the entrapment occurred at another location besides the Carpal Tunnel and this surgical procedure is performed, the result will be no benefit and probably only cause harm.
Instead, working with the muscles and fascia at these possible sites of entrapment is incredibly effective without the risk of any adverse effects associated with surgery. A trained expert in anatomy, such as a Chiropractor can provide long term lasting relief.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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