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Manual Therapy or Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common upper limb orthopedic surgery in the United States with annual costs estimated in excess of $2 billion. In western countries, the waitlist for such a procedure is often greater than five months, and the demand is expected to double in the coming decades. This [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as a Cumulative Trauma Disorder

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the mobility of the median nerve is constricted as it passes through the wrist, leading to symptoms in parts of the hand and fingers such as numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness. While it’s possible for CTS to arise following an acute injury—like a wrist fracture—or from hormonal changes that [..]

Chiropractic Management of Tennis Elbow

When an individual experiences pain in or near the wrist, the first thought may be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but there are many conditions that affect the upper extremities. One such condition is lateral epicondylitis, which is more commonly known as tennis elbow. Lateral epicondylitis is a condition that occurs when the tendons—most commonly the [..]

Laser Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the mobility and function of the median nerve is restricted as it passes through the wrist, which can result in symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in parts of the hand and some fingers. To reduce inflammation, restore joint motion, and improve median nerve [..]

Mechanical Wrist Traction for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment guidelines for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) encourage patients to utilize non-surgical options before consulting with a surgeon, of which chiropractic care is an excellent choice. To manage the patient with carpal tunnel syndrome, a doctor of chiropractic will take a multimodal approach—that is, they will combine several therapies in order to achieve an optimal [..]

Vitamin D and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is most often associated with repetitive movements and inflammation that impedes the function of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist, but recent studies have identified vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for CTS, as well as more severe CTS-associated symptoms. Vitamin D plays many roles in the [..]

Conditions That Can Be Mistaken for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a potentially painful and disabling condition in which the mobility or function of the median nerve is restricted as it passes through the wrist. But the median nerve is not the only nerve that extends into the hand and entrapment of these other nerves can produce symptoms that may be [..]

Cervical Disorders and Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Neck pain is the second most common reason that patients seek out chiropractic care. While the initial paperwork patients complete will ask about pain and disability in other areas of the body, many might overlook issues like mild or infrequent numbness in the hand because they think that it’s unrelated and not something to be [..]

Testing for Suspected Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When an individual’s hands and fingers start tingling, they will most often suspect carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). However, pressure on the median nerve anywhere along its course from the neck to the hand can produce similar symptoms in the hand and fingers. So what is the best way to diagnose CTS and differentiate it from [..]

Three Reasons Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is So Stubborn

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is by far the most frequent cause of a nerve entrapment in the extremities. Despite it being such a common complaint (estimated to affect 1 in 1,000 American adults), CTS can be a difficult condition to manage. Here are three reasons why… 1) Multifactorial. While activities (a job or hobby) that [..]