3 Myths of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Not All Hand Pain Or Numbness Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many individuals suffer from hand pain or numbness and it is natural to associate this with a carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS. In this video, Hazelwood chiropractor, Dr. Martin Schmaltz presents three of the common myths regarding carpal tunnel syndrome. They include:

1. Not all hand numbness or pain is carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are other conditions that produce hand pain or numbness. In most cases, true carpal tunnel syndrome involves the thumb and first two fingers. However, even with this specific area noted, there are conditions, such as a double crush syndrome, that could be involved. Proper diagnosis  is essential to correct treatment.

2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by too much typing on a keyboard.
The research has revealed that typing is not a major cause of CTS. With the millions of keystrokes performed world wide, you would expect a larger incident of carpal tunnel syndrome it this was the cause.

3. Surgery is the only answer for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Surgery is not always the answer. In fact, we have seen many who have undergone the carpal tunnel release, and they still experience pain.

The key to effective treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosis. The chiropractic approach is to examine from the wrist to neck, looking for the areas of nerve “pinching.”

Do you wonder if you might be experiencing CTS? Check out three home tests you can perform.

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Dr. Martin graduated from Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta GA, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He is one of only a few board-certified chiropractic orthopedists in the metro St Louis region. He is a Diplomate of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He uses the latest neuroscience research to make the best diagnosis of the cause of your pain as the starting point for your recovery. Since 1984 he has helped many people find relief from chronic pain or helped those injured in accidents recover.