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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Choices By Dr. Tim Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers In Fort Myers

Aug 12, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

When individuals experience pain, numbness, weakness, and other abnormal symptoms in the hand and wrist, their first thought is that it’s carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) followed by a worry that they’ll inevitably need surgery to resolve the condition. Some sufferers may even contact a surgeon as their first option for care. However, treatment guidelines do not recommend surgical consultation as an initial treatment approach for CTS. In fact, outside of emergency situations, like a major fracture, surgery is generally only recommended after exhausting all non-surgical options.

Part of this reason has to do with outcomes and the other part is the inherent risks associated with surgery such as reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to the median nerve and/or its nerve branches; nearby blood vessel injury; a sensitive scar, and a prolonged time off work post-surgically. Regarding time off work, one study reported that more than a third of patients do not return to work within eight weeks after an operation. Another study found that patients may experience reduced strength and dexterity in the hand following their procedure.

With respect to outcomes, one study that included 56 middle-aged adults who received surgical care for CTS found that only two-thirds reported an improvement in their symptoms, and just one in four experienced complete resolution.

On the other hand, there are several studies showing that conservative treatment approaches—such as chiropractic care—are as or more effective than surgery for the CTS patient. In one study that included 120 women. half of the participants received three manual therapy treatments and the other half underwent a carpal tunnel decompression/release procedure. The results showed that non-surgical care achieved superior results in the short term and similar results at the one-year point.

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate the whole patient and not to focus on just the area of chief complaint. In the case of CTS, pressure applied to the median nerve at any point on its way to the hand can create CTS-like symptoms. Hence the importance of reviewing the patient’s history (which may be more helpful in diagnosing CTS than diagnostic testing) and a thorough examination of the entire course of the median nerve as it travels from the neck and through the shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist. In many cases, a patient may have CTS in addition to another condition that’s affecting the median nerve, and both will need to be addressed to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

So, if you are experiencing wrist pain, numbness, hand weakness, and carpal tunnel symptoms and you type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck or wrist.”?

What is carpal tunnel syndrome? 

You may have a “funny feeling like a numbness frequently called paresthesia. Even a handshake may be painful or weak.  Some people have prescribed chemicals that may temporarily reduce the numbness but not fixing the problem. The numbing in the fingers can be annoying and even debilitating.

Also, if you feel arm pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck.    Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

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