Dr. William Thimmel, DC Chiropractic Orthopedist

Carpal Tunnel Facts & Tips

  • The median nerve feeds the thumb-side of the hand. Problems on the pinkie-side of the hand are likely NOT carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • The nerve that serves the hand can become inflamed or entrapped in the forearm or the neck. In addition, bundles of nerves and blood vessels can be impinged at other areas, such as around the collar bone (clavicle) and chest muscles (pectoralis minor)- conditions typically diagnosed as 'thoracic outlet syndrome' rather than carpal tunnel syndrome. Proper diagnosis is crucial.
  • Some patients respond well to surgery; yet many lose strength after the procedure, and it's not uncommon for symptoms (pain and/or tingling) to return.
  • Approximately 25% of women will experience carpal tunnel syndrome or similar complaints during pregnancy. Conservative management is the first line of defense.
  • Night splints help some patients, yet others will find relief from manipulation of wrist bones and related soft tissues, manipulation of the of the soft tissues of the forearm and neck region, and spinal manipulation (particularly the cervical spine). These are all safe, gentle, and effective; and when properly delivered to appropriate patients, they can even completely alleviate the problem at its source.

If you or someone you care about suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome or related conditions, we'll be honored to help! 

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