The doctors at Denver Chiropractic Center can help you with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Wrist/Hand Pain.
What’s causing your wrist and/or hand problems?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) keeps you from using your hands for every day tasks. What’s so troublesome about it is that it comes on slowly. First you’ll notice some tightness, then weakness and pain, and eventually tingling and numbness. Soon you’ll be feeling the symptoms constantly, during daytime activities, like holding your fork, and even at night when you’re trying to sleep.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the nerve that controls the thumb and first two fingers gets pinched or trapped. Most doctors will likely tell you that the nerve gets trapped when the tendons in the wrist swell. This is not the common cause of the problem (more on the real cause in a minute). Since the wrist splints and pills — the traditional approach — are intended to reduce the tendon swelling, they usually don’t help.
The main problem with the traditional approach is that it does nothing to actually take the pressure off of the nerve. The pills don’t get rid of the problem, they only hide the pain so you can keep making the problem worse. The splints don’t get rid of the problem. In fact, splinting can aggravate the situation. Since these treatments don’t get at the problem, your wrists will get worse and worse. The next step is an extreme measure: surgery.
Studies put the failure rate for Carpal Tunnel surgery at somewhere around 50%. Do you know how they determine if surgery is a success? If you do not have a second surgery within 5 years, you are counted as a success. This means that all of the patients who refuse to have a second surgery, even if they still have the symptoms, are considered to be a surgical success! By the way, the average cost of this surgery is around $13,000. The average time lost from work is a month. And after all of that, more than half of the patients still have the problem.
When you find someone who is trained to figure out where the nerve is really trapped, you have a 96% chance of getting rid of the problem!
The nerve starts in your neck, passes through many muscles in your arm, and ends in the thumb and first two fingers. If it gets trapped and pinched by any of the muscles, you’ll feel the symptoms in your thumb and first two fingers. This is exactly what causes most cases of “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”: The nerve gets trapped in the forearm muscles. As scar tissue builds up in your over-used muscles, they become tighter. When enough scar tissue builds up and the muscles pinch the nerve, you’ll feel the symptoms of CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome should really be called “Trapped Nerve Syndrome.” To get rid of the problem, you need to be treated by someone who has specialized training in breaking up scar tissue in muscles, and freeing trapped nerves. If you have any tightness or pain in your wrists, get them checked ASAP.
If you, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker has any of the symptoms that I mentioned above, there is hope. You can get rid of the pain, the weakness, the tingling, and the numbness. But you need to have the problem evaluated NOW. The symptoms will worsen and your wrists will continue to deteriorate. The evaluation involves three simple steps:
- Finding the cause of the problem (only 20% of wrist pain is really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”) Determining if Active Release® can help you
- Implementing a plan of treatment
There is no good reason to try anything before Active Release®. The success rate is higher, the cost is lower, and there are absolutely no side effects. You can have the use of your hands back and get on with your life.
Here are a couple of patients who came to me as their “last hope”:
“I came to Dr. Glenn Hyman as my last resort. I was unable to drive, to use a computer, even write a check. Dr. Hyman is the only one who took the time to figure out what the problem was, and the only one who could do anything about it.”
~ Eric Karlson
“I was told that I needed surgery in BOTH wrists. Luckily, someone overheard me talking about my wrists and told me to see Dr. Glenn Hyman. He had just attended one of Dr. Hyman’s Carpal Tunnel seminars. It took about 8 treatments, but my wrists will definitely not be needing surgery.”
~ Jan Hagan
“I had serious pain in my wrist from picking up my daughter. My HMO doctor told me I needed surgery. I saw Dr. Hyman 6 or 7 times, and he got rid of the problem. Amazing!
~ Sandi Hull