Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a progressive ailment of the hands and wrists. This syndrome’s name was coined from the Greek word “karpus” which translates to “wrist”. It entails swelling in both the wrist and hand region which causes damage to the nerves in that area.
Hyperthyroidism, Arthritis and Diabetes can sometimes lead to this condition. It can also be developed due to pregnancy or obesity.
It often begins in a mild version but gradually develops into a more pronounced form with pain, coldness, numbness and tingling. The pain may become so severe that it shoots up the entire length of the arm. Eventually, a person’s fine motor coordination and strength may begin to deteriorate due to the increasing numbness. Insomnia may occur due to constant pain. The sufferer may also begin to drop objects such as writing utensils and silverware, which impedes their quality of life even further. The neck and shoulder area often become uncomfortable, as well.
Diagnosis and Treatment
An early diagnosis allows immediate treatment that can prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from getting out of control. The first step in diagnosis would be to have a thorough examination. The doctor would be looking for swelling, discoloration and deformity. Tests including tapping the wrist to note tingling, which is called Tinel’s sign, or Phalen’s maneuver which involves the bending forward of the wrist. Blood tests may be done in order to discover any underlying medical causes; cervical x-ray to check for “double crush syndrome” and an adrenal stress index to determine high or low cortisol levels. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes- “Most likely the disorder is due to a congenital predisposition…” Other contributing factors include:
- Trauma or injury to the wrist that can cause swelling such as a sprain or fracture.
- Over activity of the pituitary gland
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Mechanical problems of the wrist and joint
- Work stress; repeated use of vibrating hand tools
- Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
- Development of a cyst or a tumor in the canal
- Persons with diabetes or metabolic disorders…are more susceptible
If it is determined that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is indeed the diagnosis, the treatment plan will be determined by the severity. Rest and a curtailing of activities that may aggravate it will be called for. Ice may help reduce the swelling, as well. There are exercises to stretch the area which may slow down or stop the malady’s progress.
In up to seventy-five percent of all cases, the symptoms can be relieved with exercise, rest and immobilization. If the condition has progressed too far, then an exercise routine may make it worse. If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is suspected, it would be a wise choice to get in to see Dr. Beyer fairly quickly so that an early diagnosis is made and proper steps for remediation may be taken.
Many people, after having a first surgery for their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, will need to go back for another surgery. If the first surgery didn’t work why would one elect for a second? Or sometimes even a third surgery!
What is needed is a non-surgical decompression solution!
Drs. Kelsey have put together a unique Carpal Tunnel pain relief and treatment plan. The first step begins with an examination and evaluation. After which the doctor will discuss his/her findings with you and set up your treatment plan if needed.
Some of the therapies offered are:
- Gentle ligament massage
- Cold Laser
- Blood Nutrition support with pharmaceutical grade natural supplements (if diagnosed with sugar, cortisol, pituitary gland or thyroid disorder)
- Wrist exercises
- Cervical therapy (if examination shows a ‘double-crush syndrome”)
Imagine how different your life would be if you were free from the burdens that your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes you.
If you would like to have more information on our innovative and unique treatment protocol or to set up a consultation and see how it can help you (or someone you know), give us a call at (260) 432-8777 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for these breakthrough procedures.