Carpal tunnel syndrome is a state in which a nerve in the wrist becomes damaged by the same repetitive wrist action, day in and day out, for months or years. Pain is experienced in the hand(s), and often up the forearm to beyond the elbow. There is usually numbness, tingling, and weakness.
The medical approach is conservative at first, trying to keep the patient able to work using wrist supports, etc. In an alarming percentage of cases, however, in order to keep the patient on a job that is apparently causing the problem, causing the problem, surgery is recommended to enlarge the passageway - - - that "tunnel" at the wrist for the nerves and tendons to pass through to the hand.
Surgery works quite well in a lot of cases, and does seem to be a logical approach: If a nerve is pinched and continually being rubbed by an opening that is too small to accommodate such repetition, make it bigger! Sounds good. And fortunately, it would seem, we have the surgical techniques that can do such a thing, (however, in a large percentage of the cases, there remains a decided weakness and less than perfect use of the wrist.)
THE IDEA BEHIND CHIROPRACTIC
The original idea behind chiropractic healing is that most tissue weakness, wherever it is in the body, occurs because the nerve that supplies and takes care of that tissue has been blocked by a vertebra out of place in the spine. Without healing and coordinating commands from the brain being able to flow over the nerve, the tissue at the end of the nerve naturally weakens.
With carpal tunnel, it is often the nerve itself that becomes weak from the mis-alignment at the spine. Then, when too strong a demand is placed on it by the frequent wrist action, it cannot hold up.
Stopping the repetitive wrist action, will frequently allow the inflamed nerve to heal, but usually not sufficiently for the patient to go back to the same task. Enlarging the "tunnel" sometimes allows the patient to return to the job for while, but if the root cause at the spine is corrected first, strength often returns to the nerve without requiring a surgical enlargement.
Ever wonder why the person next to this worker doing the same task, can do the job day after day with no trouble? Is it because they have a bigger opening to accommodate the tendons? Likely not. They just do not have the upper cervical nerve irritation.
Correcting the offending vertebra can take six to ten weeks of care, and the patient may be required to not do the particular job for a while during this period. When the process is successful (which it usually is, if done properly), the patient ends up whole, not somewhat limited for the rest of his/her life. He can often even perform the offending task.
This paper is not in any way to discredit the talented work of hand surgeons. What it would ask them, is to have a chiropractor release the spinal end of the affected nerve first, just in case such conservative treatment would be all that was required.
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J.W. Kribs, D.C
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Flint, Michigan 48532
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