Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pattern

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, also known as CTS is a condition of the hand and wrist resulting from compression or inflammation of the median nerve. Common symptoms include: numbness, tingling or a burning sensation in the thumb and first two fingers.

There is much discussion as to the cause of CTS. (See 3 Myths of Carpal Tunnel). It was once commonly thought typing was a major cause. However, recent research has demonstrated that this is not the case.

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Chiropractic And CTS

The key to treating carpal tunnel syndrome is a correct diagnosis. Not all hand numbness/pain/tingling is CTS. In many cases, the symptoms are a condition called Cervical Radiculopathy or an irritation of a nerve in the neck.

Dr. Schmaltz’ approach to carpal tunnel is to thoroughly examine from the fingers to the neck, looking for the cause of the symptoms. In most cases, there are multiple levels of nerve irritation such as in the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck. All areas of irritation must be treated to effectively relieve the symptoms.

Once the source is identified, Dr. Schmaltz typically will use gentle manipulations to restore normal joint motion thus reducing the nerve irritation. Specific rehabilitative exercises will also be used to strengthen and stabilize the normal joint alignment and mobility.

Do you suffer from hand pain or numbness: think it is carpal tunnel syndrome?  Do you live in Hazelwood, Florissant, Spanish Lakes, Ferguson, Berkeley, Bridgeton or North County? If yes, you owe it to yourself to call Dr. Schmaltz at 314-731-4383. All you have to lose is your pain!