Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Denver, Colorado

April 21, 2009 » In: Carpal tunnel syndrome » 3 Comments

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Denver, Colorado

There are more than 75 million people in the United States that use the computer everyday. Even though sitting at the computer looks like a harmless activity, it increases your risk in developing repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel.

As a chiropractor in Denver, Colorado, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of my favorite conditions to treat. This is because the patient usually has had this condition for a long time and in just a few visits they see tremendous results. First, let talk about what carpal tunnel syndrome is and what can be done to treat the syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affect nearly 230,000 people every year and accounts for nearly half of all workplace injury, costing the country nearly $800 million for benefits and rehabilitation. Typically, CTS affects females greater than males and is usually seen in the 40-60 year young demographic, although can occur at any age. How many times have you seen the grocery store clerk with one of those wrist braces on while scanning your food?

CTS is when the median nerve is compressed at the carpal tunnel, although can be compressed at the pronator teres muscle. The compression causes numbness in the hand and pain the arm. One problem with the traditional approach of prescribing pain killers, muscle relaxers, and a brace is that it does not address the problem.

Although the nerve is being compressed at one site and surgical release of the ligament/retinaculum can give relief, the relief might not last. I have seen numerous cases here in Denver, Colorado where a patient has had surgery, yet still have CTS return.

The problem is multifactorial, and several issues need to be addressed. Such as workplace and home ergonomics, nutrition, exercise routines, stretching, and getting the appropriate treatment.

My greatest success in treating carpal tunnel syndrome in Denver deals with several treatment modalities such as:

1. Cervical and upper extremity manipulation
2. Graston Technique – Instrument soft tissue therapy – this works very well at breaking up the scar tissue in the forearm muscles that prevent the muscles from working correctly.
3. Kinesiotaping
4. Heat/Ice
5. E-Stim Ultrasound combo
6. Specific exercises
7. Nerve flossing
8. Specific stretching
9. Ergonomic Modification
10. B vitamin supplements
11. wrist supports
12. Cold Laser Therapy

I must say that if you are having any sort of numbness or pain radiating in your arm, that you see your doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible as this may indicate a very serious issue that needs addressed.

To Your Health,

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225

About the Author:Trent Artichoker

Denver chiropractor, Dr. Artichoker uses a variety of techniques to treat neck pain, back pain, whiplash, and sports injuries. He is the owner of Denver Chiropractic, LLC, which is located near down town Denver.

3 Responses to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Denver, Colorado

  1. This is the one that worries me, Dr. A. I’m at the computer – a laptop, for that matter – maybe 50-60 hours a week. I stretch a lot and take frequent breaks but have enough pops and pains in my hands, wrists and forearms that it’s a constant concern. Thanks for these tips and I look forward to more.

  2. Easton,

    That is quite a lot of time being in one place. I would defenitely encourage you to take a closer look at your ergonomics. Your chair being the first ergonomic factor. You should have a chair that has; adjustable arm rests (this takes lots of strain off the upper back and arms), tilt function (prop up your legs from time to time – put the laptop on your lap), adjustable height (your head should be in the neutral position while looking at your screen), head rest capability (relax your head from time to time – increased stress on your neck muscles will have an effect on your arms as well), strengthen your rhomboids by squeezing your shoulder blades together for every 20 minutes that you are sitting ( make sure to keep your shoulders down when doing this), and the most important is to get your spine/shoulder/elbow/wrist adjusted.

    Besides ergonomics, stretching, strengthening, and taking breaks, getting your skeleton working properly is key to relaxing your musles and allowing your body to work like it should. One problem I see alot with carpal tunnel syndrome, is that the lunate (one of the bones in your wrist) is slightly malpositioned, incidently putting pressure on the median nerve. A good wrist adjustment can do wonders for arm and hand pain.

    To Your Health,

    Dr. Artichoker

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