Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dr. Kampschroeder specializes in Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is most often caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. The Carpal Tunnel is named for the area of the wrist containing the carpal bones, the transverse carpal ligament (connecting two outside carpals together), the median nerve and the tendons controlling finger and hand movement. Pressure on the median nerve may occur due to injury (for example, a sudden bending back of the wrist), or sustained pressure from activities like typing/keypunching, chopping, hammering or pushing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and related strain injuries have a range of similar symptoms. Some warning signs are pain (which can be severe), numbness, a tingling or burning sensation, weakness or loss of grip strength. Loss of sleep due to discomfort may also occur. The earlier CTS is treated, the easier and quicker the recovery. There are many ways to treat CTS depending on individual severity and other considerations. In most cases chiropactic manipulation of the affected wrist area (and perhaps spinal manipulation) can be very effective. Surgery may weaken the ligament and should only be considered if conservative treatment fails to correct the problem.