Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health estimated the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome among laborers as 23,000 cases annually, although the prevalence may range as high as 230,000 cases.

In 1990 it cost U.S. employers alone 20 billion dollars
and accounts for 61% of all job injuries in 1991.

It’s hard to think of one job that doesn’t entail overuse of our wrists. Carpal Tunnel is only one of many wrist and elbow overuse disorders. It must be ruled out from at least nine other musculoskeletal disorders in that same area.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is characterized by numbness, tingling, or burning sensation, weakness of grip strength. It’s hard sleeping due to these symptoms. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. This nerve travels through the carpal tunnel which is bordered by the carpal (wrist) bones and the transverse carpal ligament. Chiropractic manipulation of the carpal bones and spinal manipulation can be extremely effective for this problem.

Other forms of treatment are steroid injections which do not treat the actual problem and symptoms return. Some recommend surgery which can lead to scarring of the transverse ligament, therefore later causing the symptoms to reoccur. Also surgery may weaken the ligament. As I always say, surgery must be the last resort if conservative treatment fails to correct the problem.

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