Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
CTS Fact and Fiction
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a progressive ailment of the hands and wrists. It entails swelling in both the
wrist and hand region which causes damage to the nerves in that area. Causes of CTS include musculoskeletal problems such as changes to the joints of the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. It can also be developed due to pregnancy or obesity, and even Hyperthyroidism, Arthritis and Diabetes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually develops slowly but progresses into a more intense form with pain, numbness, tingling and coldness. The pain may become so severe that it shoots up the entire length of the arm. If the disorder progresses it is even possible for fine motor coordination and strength to deteriorate due to the increasing numbness. Constant pain could then lead to insomnia and the lack of sleep. The sufferer may also begin to drop objects such as writing utensils and silverware, which impedes their quality of life even further. The neck and shoulder area often become uncomfortable, as well.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the chance of it progressing into an out of control problem. The first step in diagnosis would be to have a thorough examination. The doctor would be looking for swelling, discoloration and deformity. Tests including tapping the wrist to note tingling, which is called Tinel's sign, or Phalen's maneuver which involves the bending forward of the wrist. Blood tests may be done in order to discover any underlying medical causes; cervical x-ray to check for "double crush syndrome" and an adrenal stress index to determine high or low cortisol levels. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes- "Most likely the disorder is due to a congenital predisposition…" Other contributing factors include:
- Mechanical problems of the wrist and joint
- Work stress; repeated use of vibrating hand tools
- Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
- Development of a cyst or a tumor in the canal
- Persons with diabetes or metabolic disorders…make them more susceptible
- Trauma or injury to the wrist that can cause swelling such as a sprain or fracture.
- Over activity of the pituitary gland
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If you are diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the treatment plan will be determined by the severity of the problem. It may be essential to rest your wrist and stop the activities that are aggravating the problem. Ice may help reduce the swelling and exercises may be used to stretch the area.
If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is suspected, it would be a wise choice to get in to see Dr. Zuckerman fairly quickly so that an early diagnosis is made and proper steps for remediation may be taken.
Many people, after having a first surgery for their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, will need to go back for another surgery. If the first surgery didn't work why would one elect for a second? Or sometimes even a third surgery!
What is needed is a non-surgical decompression solution!
Dr. Zuckerman has put together a unique Carpal Tunnel pain relief and treatment plan. The first step begins with an examination and evaluation. After which the doctor will discuss his findings with you and set up your treatment plan if needed.
Some of the therapies offered are:
- Paraffin Dip
- Gentle ligament massage
- Wrist Traction for maximum 10 minutes to 'non-surgically decompress' the TCL
- Blood Nutrition support with pharmaceutical grade natural supplements (if diagnosed with sugar, cortisol, pituitary gland or thyroid disorder)
- Wrist exercises
- Cervical therapy (if examination shows a 'double-crush syndrome")
Imagine how different your life would be if you were free from the burdens that your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes you.
If you would like to have more information on our unique and innovative treatment protocol, or to set up a consultation to determine if you're a candidate, give us a call at 561-752-4646.