Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be misdiagnosed. The problem may be in your neck.
Neck problems are a common cause of pain and numbness in the hands. The nerve involved in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is called the Median Nerve and it runs from your first three fingers, thru the carpal tunnel, up your arm, to your neck.
CTS happens when the tendons of the wrist swell and compress the median nerve as it passes thru the carpal tunnel.
However, if the nerve is pinched at the neck, you can get the same pain and numbness in the hands as when you have CTS. The symptoms are the same, but the nerve is compressed in the neck, not the wrist.
You can also have a condition called “double crush” where the nerve is compressed at both sites. Chiropractors have known for decades that the reason CTS surgery has such a high failure rate, is because undiagnosed neck problems are not addressed. A growing body of research is supporting treatment of the wrist and the neck for CTS.
An article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal Of Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy showed that people with CTS have larger postural distortions in the neck and less range of motion than normal healthy people. Other studies have confirmed that pinched nerves in the neck are often mis-diagnosed as CTS.
Before making the decision to have surgical procedures done to the wrists or anywhere else, it would be to your best interests to seek out a safer more natural approach. Chiropractic care addresses the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome-like symptoms, by re-aligning bones that are compressing the median nerve. Those bones could be in the wrist or the neck. We can also suggest natural ways to reduce inflammation in the wrists and help you to set up your workstation to prevent you from re-aggravating the problem.
The results are excellent and your whole body will be healthier afterward. For more information or to set up an appointment, call our office at 262-293-3790.