Carpal Tunnel Syndrome… Watch Your Wrists
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the leading overuse and repetitive condition sustained in the workplace. It accounts for millions of dollars lost in absenteeism, disability, and productivity. One needs to protect his/her wrists when using the computer for long periods to avoid developing CTS. Women are more likely to develop this compared to their male counterparts because of the narrowed carpal tunnels in their wrist. Surgery is about a 50% success rate and the cost of chiropractic care to treat CTS is only 10% compared to medical care which is 90%.
CTS is most common in the elbow and the #2 location occurs in the wrist. One should know that sensation is affected in the 1st 3 fingers (thumb, index, and middle) and the inside of the ring finger, not all 5 fingers. Typically, if weakness and strength are affected in the 1st 3 fingers (thumb, index, and middle), then one must consider this as a possible condition, but should have this evaluated by a chiropractor or other qualified health care professional to come about a diagnosis.
Chiropractic care through manipulation of the elbow, wrist, and fingers in addition to Active Release Techniques to break down scar tissue/adhesions in the forearm, wrist, and hand will help to diminish symptoms, improve flexibility and mobility, and improve function. Also, having a soft cushioned wrist support at work (its placed in front of your keyboard) can help to reduce the impact and symptoms it may have when using the computer consistently. Taking these measures will help you recover faster, and improve your function so you can perform your daily activities with less impact and avoid possible surgery and subsequent physical therapy.
Stay tuned to next month’s blog. Hope everyone had a great summer!