CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME:  Manual Therapy vs Laser Therapy

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is due to compression of the median nerve and is the most commonly occurring compression neuropathy. Due to the varied etiopathogenesis of CTS, it remains a challenge for clinicians, as inadequate studies exist regarding conservative treatment. Based on the promising results of previous studies with manual therapy, the authors of the…

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Carpal Tunnel Up With Increased Electronic Device Use

June 26, 2017 FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices leads to an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a study published online June 21 in Muscle & Nerve. Peter White, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of health technology and informatics at…

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The acupuncture effect on median nerve morphology in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: An ultrasonographic study

An increase in the cross sectional area (thickness) of the median nerve at the wrist is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. This study showed that not only did acupuncture help with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but also reduced the thickness of the median nerve! JUNE 07, 2017 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Ural…

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Nerve Conduction Studies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Gold Standard or Unnecessary Evil?

This orthopedic surgeon says, “It is my firm belief that in 30 years we are going to look back on electrodiagnostic testing for carpal tunnel syndrome and shake our heads in disbelief. We are going to say, “Can you believe that they used to repeatedly shock people and then stick needles in their muscles to…

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Manual Therapy vs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Here’s a study that compared carpal tunnel surgery to manual therapy. They concluded that in terms of self-reported function and grip strength, they were about the same. The Effectiveness of Manual Therapy versus Surgery on Self-Reported Function, Cervical Range of Motion and Pinch Grip Force in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial Authors: César…

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Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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Does vitamin D deficiency trigger carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), consider getting a blood test to measure your Vitamin D levels.  The authors of this study also commented on weight gain and carpal tunnel nerve pain with Vitamin D deficiency.  Other studies show that excess body mass leads to more carpal tunnel release surgeries as well.…

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Manual Therapy vs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In my experience, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by more than just a nerve entrapment at the level of the wrist.  The peripheral nerve actually emerges from the spinal cord in the neck, then goes through the neck muscles, shoulder muscles/joint, elbow muscles/joint and then finally the wrist muscles/joint.  The nerve can be trapped…

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What Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Are There?

Written by Hannah Nichols Reviewed by Beth Holloway RN, M.Ed. Last reviewed: Tue 20 December 2016 Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, and sometimes pain in the fingers and the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) ranges from mild to severe. Proper treatment can often restore the functioning of the hand…

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Can You Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common of the many “entrapment neuropathies”— nerve pinches in the arms or legs—likely because we use our hands and fingers repetitively for long time frames at work and during many of our hobbies. In addition, the wrist is a very complicated joint because it’s not a simple ball-and-socket…

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