Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, numbness, and/or tingling in to the hand caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist. (The “at the wrist” part of that statement is extremely important, so remember that for later.) The median nerve is responsible for moving your thumb, second and third finger. People with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience:
- Pain, numbness, and/ or tingling in the hand
- Hand weakness
- Trouble with fine motor control of the fingers (like buttoning a shirt or picking up a pencil)
- Pain while extending the elbow
- Pain while extending the wrist
Carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to be caused by the following:
- Poor ergonomics
- Repetitive stress or use
Below is an image of the “traditional” method of treating carpal tunnel syndrome.
Historically, carpal tunnel was commonly over-diagnosed and over-treated– surgically or with cortisone injections. One of the reasons why carpal tunnel syndrome typically doesn’t respond well to surgery is that the focus of the treatment is mostly on the carpal ligament, as shown in the picture above. However, the median nerve travels all the way from the neck to the hand, and can be entrapped or “pinched” in several locations along the way. It is extremely important to evaluate all of the possible points of entrapment when diagnosing the cause of carpal tunnel (see image below).
At Mederi Health, you can expect a full examination along the route of your median nerve prior to any treatment. You will also find that our treatment philosophy is holistic and non-invasive– this means we employ a variety of techniques in your treatment plan, from massage and diet to acupuncture. We believe in the power of your body to heal itself under most conditions, and seek to work with each patient in supporting his or her body’s healing process.
At Mederi Health we offer Carpal Tunnel treatment near Denver, CO with a holistic perspective and avoiding invasive procedures. Call us today at (303) 993-2323 to schedule a consultation with one of our team members at our Westminster, Colorado clinic.