Carpal Tunnel

carpal tunnelCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has been known by doctors for more than 100 years, but it took the emergence of computer keyboards for the condition to achieve national prominence. In fact, any activity that constantly strains the wrist, from guitar playing to rowing, from assembly line work to knitting, can bring it on. Sometimes, however, carpal tunnel syndrome can begin without any apparent cause at all.

  • We can recommend and fit you for a wrist splint.
  • Educate and improve your sport or work ergonomics.
  • Manual releases of the radial and ulnar nerves.
  • Provide Interferential current or acupuncture.

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts as repeated local irritations swell the tendons and ligaments in the wrist. This then compresses the median nerve, which passes through a "tunnel" from the forearm to the hand. The combination of the inflamed tendons and the squeezed median nerve are responsible for the pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the thumb and index and middle fingers characteristic of CTS.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand that affects some 5 million Americans. Carpal tunnel refers to a passageway in the wrist, composed of bones and ligaments, through which a major nerve system passes from the forearm into the hand.

For a variety of reasons--repetitive strain, arthritis, bone dislocation or fracture, fluid retention, or a variety of systemic changes affecting the entire body, such as diabetes--the carpal tunnel can become narrowed. When this occurs, the median nerve, which controls feeling and movement in the hand, is compressed by surrounding tissue or excess fluid. As the nerve is constricted, it causes numbness, weakness, or pain. Often affecting the dominant hand (though possible in both hands), these symptoms may appear suddenly or gradually, and may last for only a few days at a time or persist for several months.

Women are far more susceptible than men are to carpal tunnel syndrome, in large part because more women perform the types of hand-intensive tasks (especially typing on computer keyboards) that put them at risk. The condition is also common among overweight women between ages 30 and 60 who have been pregnant. The sooner carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat--and the better the prognosis. Left untreated, however, the condition can lead to a weakened grip and severe chronic pain in the forearm or shoulder.

We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for carpal tunnel syndrome. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.

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