Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most common upper
extremity disorders to plague our country, especially our work force.
Although the pathogenesis of the condition is largely inconclusive, most
experts agree that the symptoms arise from cumulative trauma disorders
(overuse situations) in which the same motion of the wrist is performed
multiple times over a period of days, weeks, months, etc. It is also assumed
that the pain patterns typical of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are largely related
to the formation of adhesions and scar tissue along the path of the median
nerve, which begins to form after it exits the vertebrae (bones) of the neck
and travels down the arm. Although it is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the most common site of entrapment is at the carpal tunnel, entrapment of the median nerve anywhere along its path from neck to fingers may simulate the classic signs of CTS.
The adhesions along the nerve place undue pressure on the nerve, or distort its ability to function optimally, triggering an excessive or aberrant response which manifests as the symptoms so typical of the disorder: numbness, tingling, weakness and/or burning in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger.
Adjustments to the neck and upper extremity may be utilized in conjunction with soft tissue treatments such as Active Release Technique®, Kinesiotaping, Class IV Cold Laser, Graston or guasha. Acupuncture may also be advised as it is often successful in decreasing inflammation/edema, as well as significantly improving pain levels.
You may be wondering if there is a cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The doctors at Innate are trained and experienced at Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain relief treatments naturally, without drugs or surgery. After examination they select from a variety of treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which are best suited to treat your condition. These may include Chiropractic, Acupuncture or Active Release Technique®.
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