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Posted on 12-14-2011
Many patients on their first visit will tell me "I have numbness and tingling or pain in my hand, but I think that's just carpal tunnel." Few people realize that not only do Chiropractors treat carpal tunnel, they are pretty darn successful! And here's why:
Numbness/tingling or pain is caused by nerve entrapment meaning the nerving it be trapped by some structure. Sometimes the place is being entrapped is the area of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. But sometimes not!
As a Chiropractor, I look for all the possible places a nerve could be getting caught. One place that is sometimes missed is the neck, which is where the nerves that feed into the hand come from. When nerves are caught in multiple locations it is called Double Crush Syndrome, and I have found 9/10 times it is caught at both places. Unfortunately, many people undergo a failed carpal tunnel surgery before they realize this. For example, I had a patient that had the surgery on both hands that turned out to be a failed surgery. When I x-rayed his neck I noticed he had a cervical rib that was caused both nerves to be pinched. There was never a chance that those surgeries would have helped!
There is also some soft tissue or muscular areas where the nerves could be getting caught as well. Again as a Chiropractor that is part of my evaluation to discover where the nerve is being pinched. So before you assume that the pain or numbness is caused from carpal tunnel, a thorough Chiropractic examination should be done to determine exactly where the pain is coming from!
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