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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cumulative Trauma Disorder's (CTD)

One of the most expensive and poorly treated conditions of the computer era is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

It has frequently been poorly diagnosed and the treatment of this common condition costs business and industry thousands of dollars in lost time and disability. It is the most common among people who type on computer keyboards or who perform repetitive tasks with their hands, arms, shoulders, and neck.

Currently, the treatment methods often fail to bring long term results and sometimes result in worsening the disability.

Common treatments used for the condition are wrist splints, massage, injections into the area of pain for discomfort, medications, nutritional supplements, physical therapy, exercises including stretching and finally, when all else fails, surgery.

Recently, these conditions have more appropriately been reclassified as Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD's).

Appropriate Diagnosis
Commonly, to diagnosis the condition, patients have been subjected to Nerve Conduction tests and simple orthopedic test which make the hand go numb.

CTD's actually are comprised of quite a number of different conditions which must be diagnosed properly to be treated successfully. The truth is, more often than not the condition does not involve the carpal tunnel.

Dr.'s Leahy and Mock, in their article from Chiropractic Sports Medicine published in 1995, theorized the condition results from muscular adhesions in the forearm and other structures along the path of nerve roots, as they pass down from the neck to their respective nerves. In proving their theories, these chiropractic physicians treated thousands of patients in Colorado, showing a 96% success rate with the average case lasting six visits.

He also extrapolated the formula which explains why people develop this problem and how to prevent it. Dr. Leahy has recently passed on his knowledge to other doctors willing to learn this new technology. Your doctor of chiropractic is one of those doctors.

It takes an average of two years to become proficient at this method of evaluation and treatment.

Myofascial Release loosens the area and the doctor mobilizes the joint involved through a specific chiropractic adjustment. To appropriately diagnose this condition, a doctor must examine the entire arm, check for adhesions (tissues stuck to each other which interfere with normal nerve function) and systematically work them away by hand.

When this is done properly, the problem often resolves quickly and with appropriate periodic exercise, usually does not return.

The typical CTD sufferer may note the following:
• Arm, Hand, Wrist Pain
• Arm, Hand Numbness
• Raising the arm makes the hand go numb
• Numbness in the first and second finger
• Numbness in the entire hand or finger tips
• Wrist and thumb pain
• Shoulder pain
• Neck pain
• Stiffness in the hand or forearm

 

 

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