Most of the patients we treat spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive motions Many go on to do more computer work at home. Some are even on the computer or smart phone as they commute to and from work. OUCH!
We are simply not designed to be sitting for long periods doing the same thing over and over. In fact, we are designed to be doing just the opposite…running and hunting for food. Our bodies need constant motion in order to function properly.
When we sit all day the muscles in the neck and back are in a constant state of tension. Plus, our posture tends to take on hunched-over position we are in. This can cause pressure on the nerves in the neck that travel down the arms and control the hands. Pressure on the nerves can cause the same symptoms you experience when you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
The classic signs and symptoms of CTS are as follows:
- Hand pain
- Numbness and Tingling in the hand
- Night pain
- Neck pain
- Pain that radiates from the hand to the elbow or neck
- Weakness of grip
Again, pressure on the nerves in the neck cause the same symptoms This is why so many carpal tunnel surgeries fail. It was not the true problem. The nerve involved in true CTS is the Median Nerve. It is actually formed by branches of the cervical nerves (neck). This is why the symptoms are the same. True CTS is when there is compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This is a far less likely scenario than compression on the nerves in the neck. It is also easier to treat the neck. Results can typically be seen right away.
Some of the conditions in the neck area that can pinch the nerves that innervate the arm and hand are as follows:
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Vertebral Subluxation
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet Syndrome
- Spinal Degeneration
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Cervical Rib
So there you go. Changes are if you have CTS Symptoms you don’t have true CTS. And one more thing…
Not all doctors know how to treat CTS and related disorders. Chiropractors are experts and some (like us) even specialize in treating neck, arm, and hand pain. The treatment is 100% natural s usually covered by insurance (we belong to most plans).
To find out more about CTS check out the other blog posts on this blog.
To make an appointment for carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.