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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
People who do repetitive tasks—housewives, secretaries, meat cutters, assembly line workers, carpenters, musicians, computer users, hair stylists, and others—are likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is a syndrome that causes tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers and wrist; pain so intense that it awakens you at night and similar symptoms in the upper arm, elbow, shoulder or neck.
The medical approach tries to relieve the pain by wrist immobilization, ice or drugs (diuretics or anti-inflammatories), and injections of corticosteroids, which may provide relief but have a high relapse rate (and many side effects). Surgery may be resorted to, but recovery may take from 6 months to 10 years.
Anyone suffering from CTS should see a chiropractor to ensure that his/her spinal column is free from nerve pressure between the arms and wrists and the nerves in the neck. Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were investigated, it was found that a large number of those suffering from CTS also had neck arthritis.
For over a hundred years, doctors of chiropractic have been adjusting patients’ spines to better balance their vertebral columns. During this period, chiropractors have observed that many patients have been relieved of classic carpal tunnel symptoms after spinal and wrist adjustments.
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