Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Carpal tunnel Syndrome and treatments

I have been helping New York city office workers for almost 10 years now at our Manhattan Chiropractic Center. Because of this, we have witnessed first hand what sitting in front of a computer for 8-12 hours per day can do to the body over time. Hint: It's Not Good

One of the more common problems we treat is arm and hand pain. Sometimes there is weakness of grip, numbness or tingling in the hands, and even night pain. These are the classic signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). They are also some of the signs and symptoms of a cervical disc herniation.

Yes...herniated discs in the neck can cause the same symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. How is this possible?

Well...the nerves that exit from the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. One of these nerves...the median nerve...branches off and enters into the carpal tunnel, an opening in the wrist which contains some tendons and the median nerve. Compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is what causes CTS.

Nerves are very sensitive to pressure. Any kind of pressure on a nerve will interfere with the transmission of the nerve impulse from the brain to the target cells. Since the target cells of the nerves that exit the cervical spine include the hand...pressure on the nerves in the neck...can cause symptoms in the hand.
The Medical treatment involves Physical therapy and medication and sometimes surgery.
My approach consists of specific Chiropractic adjustments, Cold laser therapy and physical therapy. Cervical Spinal decompression using the DRX 9000C can correct disc herniations in the cervical spine.
Cold laser therapy has FDA approval to treat Carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have wrist pain, neck pain and want a Non surgical approach contact Dr. Shoshany in Manhattan (212) 645-8151 or visit

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