The New Year brings different things to different people. Murphy Family Chiropractic in Round Rock, Texas begins this New Year by offering neuropathy treatments, specifically CTS or Carpal Tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful, progressive condition that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. The nerve may become compressed because it has swollen, the tendons are inflamed, or both.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome is the “most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.”
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions affecting the nerves of the hand. It is estimated that almost 5% of women and 3% of men have CTS. American Family Physician estimates that from 3% to 6% of adults in the general population suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Most cases of CTS develop in people who are between 45-64 years of age.
CTS is not a life-threatening condition, but it can negatively affect lifestyle if left untreated. In worst case scenarios, the median nerve can become severely damaged and result in total loss of movement within the affected hand.
Dr. Murphy explains why he has decided to treat this painful condition:
“Carpal tunnel is caused when the tendons that travel through the very narrow tunnel at the wrist get irritated and press on the nerves traveling along with them. The nerves can get trapped in the carpal tunnel or they can be trapped in the elbow, shoulder or even the neck. For this reason surgery is not always the best option and more conservative therapies such as chiropractic are usually better for treating this condition. If surgery is performed then there is always scare tissue. So the scare tissue makes the already narrow carpal tunnel even smaller and that alone can make your symptoms worse afterwards. Also, if the nerve is not trapped in the carpal tunnel then it makes no sense to have surgery on it because it will not fix it.”
The three main symptoms associated with CTS are:
These symptoms occur in the thumb and the two fingers next to it, as well as half of the ring finger.
As CTS gets worse, symptoms may persist during the day. The person may lose grip strength and find it harder to form a fist or grasp small objects. Opening a bottle of soda, doing up your buttons, or typing on a keyboard, tasks that used to be easy, become a challenge.
Dr. Murphy continues: “Our approach to fixing carpal tunnel syndrome is we 1st diagnose where the nerve is actually trapped whether it’s the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck. We then proceed with making the right structural corrections to relieve the pressure on the nerve, we use the nerve ReBuilder system that utilizes electrical frequencies to decrease the pain and tingling as well as help the injured nerve heal quicker (nerve healing is a slow process and this speeds it up). We also address nutritional deficiencies that can inhibit the repair of the nerve and last we use soft tissue work to address muscle spasm and soft tissue injuries.”
For more information or to schedule a free exam contact Murphy Family Chiropractic at 512-782-8922.
Dr. Murphy also wants potential patients to remember one more important fact.
“Conservative treatment for carpal tunnel not only has a higher success rate than surgery but it is less painful, no down time for recovery and costs much less!”
Visit http://www.dreric4u.com/ for more information.
Name: Dr. Eric Murphy
Organization: Murphy Family Chiropractic
Address: 1930 Rawhide Dr., Ste 308 Round Rock, TX 78681