Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the hand and arm. CTS is caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist. This nerve controls sensation and muscle movements in the hand if the carpal tunnel becomes narrowed from swelling or injury the nerve becomes compressed or impinged, leading to the diagnosis of CTS.
Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually unknown. Pressure on the nerve is the main reason for developing this condition. The pressure can be caused for several reasons including; swelling of the flexor tendons, joint dislocations, arthritis and fractures. Keeping the wrist bent for extended periods of time has led to diagnosis, thyroid conditions, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can also be related in developing carpal tunnel.
Western Medicine and Carpal Tunnel Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sends over a million patients into a physicians office each year. In which approx 400,000 cases result in surgery. Treatments also recommended in Western medicine may include, splits, steroid and non-steroidal medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Some recommended homecare ideas include icepack, rest, stretching and there are a few specialty therapies including occupational therapy, physical therapy, neurologist, and physical rehab that can also be of help for a patient suffering from CTS.
Surgery for Carpal Tunnel is the most frequent surgery done in the wrist/hand to date. Surgery can cost anywhere from $1500 to $3000. A surgery overview would look something like this, the surgeon would go in through the palmar side of the hand, cut the transverse carpal ligaments releasing pressure on the medial nerve, they’d then close the incision up with stitches. Recovery can be anywhere from 4-6 weeks with strength and movement improving over the next year, most cases needing some type of physical therapy. Some cases are never
Alternative or Traditional Chinese Medicine offer other healing methods with clients who have CTS. A fundamental in Chinese medicine is to not just treat the symptoms of the disorder, but to discover the cause and work on a treatment that targets the root of the problem.
These are some options TCM recommends if you are trying to prevent Carpal Tunnel; Good health, If you work at a desk, move as much as possible, don’t sit in the same position for 45minutes, keep warm, often people who have cold hands are more prone to CTS, keeping circulation strong is important, and use both hands evenly.
A few things to do if you are noticing signs or have been diagnosed; try wearing a splint, get a massage helping release tension throughout the body can help loosen everything, including hands, rest, try yoga, and acupuncture is a highly recommended treatment in TCM for this condition.
Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. Although, needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. The energy then circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. If the energy circulation is disrupted, the result can be pain or illness. (Such as CTS) Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influences the health of the entire being and promotes the body's natural healing ability.
A very successful treatment in TCM for carpal tunnel that has been used it Acupuncture combined with moxa along the specific points of the body. A client may have to return into acupuncture clinic for several weeks for a full recovery and may also be referred for massage along with acupuncture. The cost per session of acupuncture can vary greatly depending on your area of living.
I found the information I’ve researched on this topic very interesting. Happy Healing!