Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.   It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.  Symptoms usually start gradually, with  pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm.  As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day, and decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.  The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is especially common in those performing repetitive tasks such as those working at a computer or assembly line work.

In some cases no direct cause of the syndrome can be identified.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often accompanied by a “double crush syndrome” where the nerve is damaged or ”pinching” along its path from the neck, shoulder, and forearm into the wrist.  

The reasoning behind this ”double crush syndrome” is that once the nerve is damaged at the wrist it becomes more suseptible to injury elsewhere.  Often times, the initial injury does not occur at the wrist but higher up at the neck.  It is important that the nerve be examined along its entire path in order to properly determine the correct treatment plan.  Addressing the damage at the wrist only (ie: carpal tunnel surgery) can be short sited and lead to poor long term outcomes.

Our clinical success comes from first determining exactly where the nerve is being pinched.  We address every level of nerve involvement whether at the wrist, forearm, shoulder, neck or even in the cerebellum or parietal lobe of the brain.  Peripheral nerve damage does affect the origin of the nerve in the brain too.  If this is the case, we are well equipped to address this component of your condition.

By incorporating a unique series of treatments we can more thoroughly and quickly address your condition returning you back to normal daily activities.  Treatments might include: spinal decompression, computer wrist traction, oxygen therapy, shoulder, elbow and/or wrist adjustments, infrared therapy, massage and nutritional support.

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