Monday, April 12, 2010
Do you REALLY have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or is it something else?
Are you experiencing pain, numbness or tingling sensation in your arms, wrist and/or hands? Have you been diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome? It's possible you may actually have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, but it's possible you may have been misdiagnosed.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This compression is caused by inflammation of the retinacular tissue in the wrist. This leads to pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand and wrist. People experience pain upon doing things like opening jars or have trouble grasping objects.
However, there are some people who have been misdiagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. What may be happening is muscular compression of the brachial plexus nerves. In plain English, there are a series of nerves that pass right through the middle of a set of muscles in the neck called the scalenes. When the scalenes are tight, they can squeeze the nerves which causes pain, numbness and other sensations to travel down to your hand, actually mimicking Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. This is why many people are misdiagnosed.
The good news is I can help those of you who have this "pseudo-Carpel Tunnel Syndrome." By loosening the muscles surrounding the nerve, I can help restore your proper range of motion and feeling in your arm, wrist and hand. Schedule a massage with me today and we'll work together to rid you of this annoying problem!!