(Health Secrets) Carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating condition that plagues millions of Americans every day. Most people seek medical attention for this condition not realizing there is a much safer and more effective means of treating carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve which passes through a small opening (the carpal tunnel) inside our wrist. Common medical management for this condition is to surgically cut the bottom of the carpal tunnel (flexor retinaculum) to decompress the median nerve.
Although this is the most common treatment for the condition, the success rate is less than 50%. This means that more than half the time the same carpal tunnel symptoms return within one year, and you are left with a surgical scar on your wrist.
If the lack of results is not frustrating enough, the cost of this marginally effective procedure can average, $2,500 in outpatient clinics, and $5,300 in a hospital settings.
Carpal tunnel release surgery will not be the only cost that is endured for treatment of the condition. Post operative therapies may be necessary to strengthen the wrist and teach the patient appropriate ergonomics. The amount of time necessary for all this will depend on how quickly the patient recovers. The average cost of the procedure, therapy and other related expenses can average around $29,000! This is in contrast to the more cost effective care of chiropractic, where the average carpal tunnel related expenses can often be less than $1,500.
One big reason surgery for this condition is so unsuccessful is due to double crush syndrome (DCS). This is the compression of not only the median nerve in the wrist, but also the compression of the nerves in the base of the neck which form the carpal tunnel. Chiropractic provides a much safer and more effective means of treating related symptoms.
AlignLife chiropractors are skilled in determining which location specifically is causing the patients carpal tunnel symptoms.
Vitamin B6 deficiency may also be contributing to carpal tunnel related symptoms.
How carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented
- Perform on-the-job conditioning, such as stretching and light exercises.
- Take frequent rest breaks.
- Use correct posture and wrist position.
- Get routine monthly spinal check ups
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