Mention “carpal tunnel syndrome” (CTS) and most people will immediately think of a condition that affects the wrist. It’s an increasingly common ailment in the computer age that affects some people who type at a keyboard. Many CTS sufferers have so much pain in their wrists that it’s difficult for them to use a keyboard at all.

Healing CTS, like many physical ailments, is not a simple matter of isolating one part of the body and treating it. A study reported in the Orthopedic Clinics of North America journal found that in 75 percent of carpal tunnel syndrome cases there is also a nerve in the neck that is affected. This is called the “double crush” effect, because the nerve is getting pinched, or crushed, at both ends of the arm. Treating the nerve only at the wrist, the way some physicians do, does not solve the problem.

A Doylestown chiropractor, who takes a more holistic, whole body approach, has been effective at treating the double crush syndrome. Their methods treat the entire nerve, and they also give lifestyle and postural advice, correcting the patients’ tendency to lean forward while they are using a keyboard. Many patients are convinced that they need surgery for CTS, but in fact more holistic methods have at least as good a record of success.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a very painful condition, and can wreak havoc on someone who uses their wrists and hands in their daily work. Rather than adopt the radical approach of surgery, it is definitely worthwhile to consult a chiropractor in Doylestown or other holistic practitioner to see if there are less invasive methods for treating this painful condition.

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