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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is carpal tunnel syndrome, you ask?  It is the resulting set of symptoms when the median nerve gets pinched in the wrist.  It can hit you with pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the hand and possibly forearm.  It may result from one single trauma to the wrist, especially resulting from hyperextension or it could be from repeated microtraumas or repetitious use of the hands.  Your exact symptoms may vary from this.  That's just the way nerves are and this problem is clearly getting on your nerves.

What do you do to help it?  You could put a brace on it, but that will just immobilize it and keep it from moving. There is no pill that fixes it.  You could have a surgeon slash your flexor retinaculum (that's the connective tissue on the front side that holds your wrist together)  Cutting makes your wrist less stable and sometimes it helps the symptoms.  Typically, what is causing the pinching of the nerve is a small bone in the wrist out of alignment and not moving as it should.  In my practice, I have found that by treating the source of the problem I get great results.  There are several aspects to successful treatment, but it is key to adjust the wrist.

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