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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Musicians

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects MANY individuals from all walks of life and in many occupations. Today’s discussion centers around CTS in musicians, and most importantly, what can be done about it. It’s thought that CTS affects musicians because of their rapid, repetitive finger movements. The “formula” for CTS risk includes: Repetition + Speed + [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is usually characterized as a repetitive stress injury, it can also be caused by pregnancy. In fact, CTS is a common complaint among pregnant women due to the increase in fluid build-up in the tissues, including the forearms and wrist. Edema is the technical term for fluid build-up, and it [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What Can I Do to Help? (Part 2)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) management strategies were introduced last month, which we will conclude this month with Part 2. In part one, we cited three primary goals of CTS management that include the following: 1) Physical management strategies; 2) Chemical management strategies; and 3) Self-management strategies. All three goals include a component that we as [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What Can I Do to Help? (Part 1)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can arise as a result of a number of different causes and as such, treatment is guided by the specific needs of the individual and tailored to each individual case. With that said, there are specific treatment strategies that chiropractors provide that address three primary goals: 1) Physical management strategies; 2) [..]

Great Imposters of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by compression and subsequent irritation of the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel and into the hand where it innervates the palm side of the second to fourth digits. As stated last month, the median nerve is sometimes referred to as, “…the eye of the hand” [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What Is It?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) basically occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist on the palm side resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, and later, weakness of the grip and pinch functions. But, the median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the [..]

The Many Faces of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) was first reported in the late 1800’s and the first surgery was noted in 1933. In the beginning, CTS surgery was rarely performed, reportedly because the nerve pinch was present somewhere before the median nerve reached the wrist or carpal tunnel. In brief, possible compression sites include the cervical nerve roots [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the Neck?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a problem that occurs when the median nerve gets pinched as it passes through the tunnel at the wrist, resulting in numbness that includes the palm side of the hand, the thumb through digit three and the thumb-side half of the ring or fourth finger. So, how does the neck [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: More “Fun Facts!”

Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can affect anyone? None of us are immune to developing CTS as roughly 1 out of 20 of us will develop CTS in our lifetime! This month, let’s look at some of the risk factors for developing CTS. 1) Race: Caucasians carry the greatest risk of developing [..]

CTS, Exercise, and Chiropractic

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition characterized by numbness, tingling, and/or pain located on the palm side of the wrist, hand and into the index, third, and half of the ring finger. It’s caused by pressure exerted on the median nerve as it passes through the “tunnel” located in the wrist. The “floor” of [..]