Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common condition of the wrist and hands. CTS can be a severely debilitating condition or it can be intermittent and mild. It rarely if ever improves on its own without treatment. If left untreated, CTS will worsen over time.
Symptoms of CTS includes numbness, tingling and sometimes burning sensations into the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. In chronic cases of CTS a person may notice an increased difficulty holding objects, opening jars or a general loss of grip strength.
To understand CTS, it is important to understand the carpal tunnel itself. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway within the wrist, about the width of your finger and is created by four borders. Three of those borders are formed by the 8 tiny carpal bones in the wrist. These bones are aligned in a horseshoe shape within the wrist. The 4th border is formed by a ligament that travels across the ends of the “horseshoe” connecting and supporting the arch of carpal bones. Within that tunnel are 10 structures, 1 large nerve (median nerve) and 9 tendons that connect to the muscles controlling your finger movements.
Over time, those tiny carpal bones can become misaligned due to repetitive motions, excess stress and injuries to the wrist. When these misalignments happen, the contents within the carpal tunnel begin to shift causing the contents of the carpal tunnel to move inward. This causes pressure on the median nerve which, over time will irritate and inflame the nerve causing numbness, tingling and pain in the hand.
If you are looking for a safe, effective and permanent solution for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without braces, injections or surgery give Dr. Birdsall a call at (303) 920-4263.
“…CTS can be treated safely and effectively without surgery, injections or uncomfortable braces.”
Typical treatments include injections, surgery and bracing. Surgery for CTS carries significant risks and it is very important to be well informed before considering surgery. Many different braces and exercises have been developed and designed in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms of CTS but very few products provide significant relief. Nowadays more and more people are searching for safer, more conservative options for treating the CTS symptoms.