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Addressing Carpal Tunnel Problems without the Need for Risky Surgery or the Side Effects of Drugs

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight. The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.

There are a number of different ways to treat this condition. In most cases, an adjustment delivered by one of our wellness experts to the affected area is an extremely effective solution. In some cases, a misalignment in either the back or neck can cause this condition, and a spinal adjustment of the neck and/or spine can also serve as an effective treatment option. These treatments, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS.

At the Spine & Wellness Centre we have many experts that specialise in natural interventions for a variety of conditions. Our team is made up professionals that specialise in advanced techniques to rehabilitate spinal abnormalities/injuries, nerve damage, and offer first class education in nutrition and exercise science all of which can help with mid-back and neck problems. Our specialised team works together to reverse the root cause of your low back pain.

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RESEARCH:

Treatment of upper extremity conditions: a systematic review. Andrew McHardy, MChiro, Wayne Hoskins, MChiro, Henry Pollard, DC, MSportSc, PhD, Rorey Onley, MChiro, and Ross Windsham, MChiro. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2008 Feb;31(2):146-59.

A pilot study comparing two manual therapy interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome.Jeanmarie Burke, PhD, Dale J. Buchberger, DC, PT, M. Terry Carey-Loghmani, MS, PT, Paul E. Dougherty, DC, Douglas S. Greco, MS, DC, and J. Donald Dishman, MS, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2007 Jan;30(1):50-61.

The effects of active release technique on carpal tunnel patients: A pilot study. James W. George, DC, Rodger Tepe, PhD, Damien Busold, DC, Sarah Keuss, DC, Heidi Prather, DO, Clayton D. Skaggs, DC. J Chiropr Med, 2006 Winter;5(4):119-22.

Treatment of hand and wrist pain in older people: systematic protocol development. Part 1: informant interviews. James R. Hulbert, PhD, Richard Printon, DC, Paul Osterbauer, DC, MPH, P. Thomas Davis, MUP, DC, Rebecca LaMaack, DC. J Chiropr Med. 2005 Autumn;4(3):144-51.

Incorporating nerve-gliding techniques in the conservative treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome. Michel W. Coppieters, PhD, Katrien E. Bartholomeeusen, PT, and Karel H. Stappaerts, PhD, J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Nov-Dec;27(9):560-8.

Effectiveness of hand therapy interventions in primary management of carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review. Monique Muller, BSc, MScPT, PhD Deborah Tsui, BSc, BA, MScPT Ronda Schnurr, BA, MScPT Lori Biddulph-Deisroth, BSc, MScPT Julie Hard, BSc, MScPT. J Hand Ther, 2004 Apr-Jun;17(2):210-28.

Manipulative therapy of carpal tunnel syndrome. Roehl Perez de Leon, D.C. and Samuel Auyong, D.C. J Chiropr Med, 2002 Spring;1(2):75-8.

An investigation to compare the effectiveness of carpal bone mobilisation and neurodynamic mobilisation as methods of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. A. Tal-Akabi, A. Rushton. Man Ther, 2000 Nov;5(4):214-22.

A treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: results of a follow-up study. Bonebrake AR, Fernandez JE, Dahalan JB, Marley RJ. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 1993 Mar-Apr;16(3):125-39.

Double crush syndrome: A chiropractic/surgical approach to treatment. Scott R. Cramer, DC, and Lester M. Cramer, MD, FACS. The Digest of Chiropractic Economics, March/April, 1991.

A treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: evaluation of objective and subjective measures. Bonebrake AR, Fernandez JE, Marley RJ, Dahalan JB, Kilmer KJ. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1990 Nov-Dec;13(9):507-20.

The double crush syndrome. Osterman AL. Orthop Clin North Am, 1988 Jan;19(1):147-55.

CASE STUDIES:

Manipulation in carpal tunnel syndrome. Valente R, Gibson H. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 May;17(4):246-9.