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What is Carpal Tunnel anyways?
So your hands have been shooting pain, and have definitely gotten weaker and clumsy. You went to see your doctor, and he did some tests which show that you have carpal tunnel. Your doctor suggests that surgery is your only option. Now you are looking to see if there is another option, but are wondering what it is in the first place.
There are 3 main nerves that go into the lower arm and hand. There is the radial, median, and ulnar nerves, which originate in the neck, and travel through the shoulder, arm, elbow and into the hand. Each of these nerves take their own path, and have their own functions. The median nerve, passes through the soft inside of the elbow joint and travels through the middle of the forearm where it passes through a small hole in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This "tunnel" is bordered by small bones in the wrist that form an arch, and a strong ligament that crosses the arch. This tunnel has many tendons and the median nerve passing through it. Scar tissue, displaced bones, swelling tendons, or enlargement of the ligaments can make the tunnel smaller, thus pinching the nerve. This pinching of the nerve can cause the pain associated with carpal tunnel.
What Can Be Done About It?
After a thorough history, and exam of the neck, shoulder, elbow, and hand, most cases of carpal tunnel can be diagnosed. Occasionally, imaging or nerve velocity tests are necessary for diagnosis, as there are other conditions that may mimic carpal tunnel.
Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a carpal tunnel expert such as Dr. Casey Ferguson DC your Eugene chiropractor will make suggestions for treatment. Typically, a combination of therapies such as cold laser, corrective manipulation, and other physical therapy techniques are Dr. Casey Ferguson's approach to providing lasting relief from carpal tunnel pain. In rare circumstances, such as progression of symptoms without positive response to care, he will make a referral for steroid injections or in more extreme cases surgical intervention. As an expert in extremity conditions, Dr. Casey Ferguson DC your sports chiropractor in Eugene, Oregon will be successful in treating most all cases of carpal tunnel in a safe and comfortable series of treatments.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel, wrist pain, or any hand or arm dysfunction, call Dr. Casey Ferguson's office today at 541-654-5499 for a free consultation to see what he can do for you!
Dr. Casey Ferguson DC has obtained the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™). The CCSP® certification requires the doctor to attend a minimum of 100 hours of a 120 hour postgraduate program. This instruction is specific to physical fitness and the evaluation and treatment of injuries encountered in sports. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must then take and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination.
This training will aid the doctor in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by enhancing his diagnostic skills and patient care. The CCSP® certification exists to provide a uniform standard of education that assures teams and athletes that the doctor has met a minimum level of competency in chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Ferguson DC joins over 5500 others internationally who hold this designation.
If you are interested in having your sports event covered, please contact Dr. Ferguson DC at 541-654-5499.
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