Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Reasons And Results

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is hand tingling, numbness and pain. Females more commonly have the condition.

Normally, Carpal Tunnel occurs with people who perform jobs that require repetitive hand movements. Typing, flexing or extending the wrist for long periods of time are very commonly the cause. It can also occur with a muscle or tendon pressing on the nerve or if a bone in the wrist is out of place. Preventing pressure on the median nerve will decrease inflammation in the area and alleviate the problem.

Carpal Tunnel is a “tunnel” made by bones and tissues in your wrist. Bones in the wrist (“carpals”) move and slide to form a tunnel on the palmar surface of the wrist. The median nerve goes through this tunnel into the fingers. The transverse carpal ligament goes over the nerve and provides protection and lubrication to the joint. Sometimes this ligament gets tight and presses on the nerve if muscles, tendons and bones are not in the place they need to be or if there is swelling in the region. Carpal Tunnel can also occur in cases where people sleep with their hands bent for long periods of time.
How do I know if I have carpal tunnel?

1. Numbness, tingling or pain in the hand

2. If an electric shock occurs on the thumb or the long fingers (excluding the pinky)

Initially, symptoms will come and go. Numbness, tingling and pain will occur for short periods, then go away. This is a warning signal! If left without treatment, it will get worse and the symptoms will come back more severely and may last longer and interfere with sleep. Easy tasks may become difficult. You may not be able to button your shirt like you used to or open a pickle jar without pain. You may also begin to drop things easily.

So what can we do to help

To find out if you have this problem, we will talk to you about your symptoms and discuss your medical history. We will perform orthopedic tests to determine if this is indeed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or another nerve affecting the area. Here is some of what will be performed:

  • Tests to determine weakness in the muscles of your hands
  • Bending and holding your wrists in positions which begin to test the median nerve in your hands
  • Testing the median nerve to see if symptoms occur

There are several traditional forms of treatment that have been applied by practioners in the past. Wrist braces, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, ceasing activity on the wrist or corticosteroid injections. Some of these may work but if they don’t, surgery will be recommended. What happens is cut or thin out the transverse carpal ligament. This can expose the nerve to injury and have the symptoms reoccur.

Chiroractors want to help you naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.

What chiropractic does is to make sure the body is aligned properly so the median nerve is not impinged or irritated. We can do this by working with your muscles, tendons and bones. We can prevent unnecessary surgery, steroid shots which have been proven to impede healing and NSAIDS which have to be filtered out by your internal organs which can put an added stress on those areas.

Chiropractors have a high percentage of success with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and most extremity issues!

Please call today if you are experiencing any discomfort. We can help.

Dr. Amie B. Gregory, D.C.

Sport and extremity chiropractor located in Redwood City, CA and surrounding areas.

Tennis Elbow… What Can Be Done?

“Tennis elbow” or what may be referred to as “lateral epicondylitis” is caused by misuse or overuse of the forearm muscles. It normally results in pain on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle). It is common with tennis players but anyone can have this problem.

When can you tell if you have Tennis Elbow?

  1. Pain on the outside of the elbow
  2. Pain occurs when shaking hands or gripping objects
  3. Pain with twisting with force, opening jars, even using a toothbrush or holding a knife or fork may cause pain.

Proper function is key to help you prevent chronic problems with your elbow. Chiropractors can help alleviate this pain and dysfunction in the body without drugs, cortisone shots or surgery! We can diagnose this problem using orthopedic tests and by studying the way your arm moves and functions. We perform soft tissue work, muscle and bone alignment to make sure your arm is operating properly. After your pain is gone, we will incorporate exercises in your treatment to prevent further tearing and stress on the joint and teach you proper body movement.

If you think you may have tennis elbow, chiropractic can help. Give us a call at 650.353.1133.

Dr. Amie B. Gregory
Precise Moves Chiropractic
Sports and Extremity Chiropractor located in Redwood City, CA

Knee “Baker’s Cyst” Does Not Require Surgery

Q: What is a Baker’s Cyst?

A: A Bakers Cyst is a fluid growth that occurs on the back of the knee. It can become hard and very painful.

Q: How does it happen?

A: This cyst starts to grow when there is a biomechanical problem adding stress to the joint such as with walking, running, standing and/or posture. It is also called a Popliteal Cyst.

Q: What are the symptoms of Baker’s Cysts?

A: Symptoms of Baker’s Cysts can include:

  1. swelling behind the knee which can get to to size of a golf ball
  2. Difficulty and pressure on the joint when bending the knee. This pressure can go all the way down the calf muscle.
  3. Pain and tenderness after exercising

Q: What can be done to help alleviate a baker’s cyst?

A: Rest is the number one way of relieving problems with the cyst. Inflammation will go down and the fluid in the cyst will start to alleviate. Braces can also be worn to reduce the stress on the joint and prevent bad body mechanics which start to build the cyst back up again.

If given time to heal and stress is taken off of the joint, the cyst will get rid of its fluid and disappear.

Did you know that there is a 40% chance that a cyst removed by surgery will reoccur. That is a pretty high percentage!

Q: So, what can chiropractic do?

A: Chiropractors are trained to find abnormal movement in the body and re-align your joints to get rid of bad posture and extra stress on your joints. Understanding proper body mechanics and training your body to move properly will help alleviate any additional cysts in the future!

Call 650.353.1133 for an appointment today to have an exam. We are located in the peninsula and are easy accessible via car and caltrain.

During your exam, I will not only look at your spinal issues but will also check your extremities and soft tissue concerns. I can help you with a wide array of problems that occur in the whole body!

Athletes: I can increase your mobility, results and prevent injuries!

Agave Syrup: An UNSAFE Sugar Substitute

Agave syrup is a man-made sweetener which has been through a complicated chemical refining process of enzymatic digestion that converts the starch and fiber into the unbound, man-made chemical fructose. While high fructose agave syrup won’t spike your blood glucose levels as High Fructose Corn Syrup is reported to do, the fructose in it may cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, hardening of the arteries, insulin resistance leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

There are a few different natural sweeteners out there that give you your sweet fix without putting a lot of stress on your body and its organs. Try Stevia, this substitute is a lot sweeter than table sugar so if baking, use about half of what you would normally.

Hope that helps.

 

Sleep Deprivation Negatively Impacts Overall Health

Sleep Deprivation adversely affects cognitive performance (reduces problem solving and decision making skills as well as short-term memory, impairs judgment, reduces logical reasoning and critical thinking, reduces visual attention and processing)

  • Adversely affects mood and emotional well being, including increasing feelings of stress, sadness, frustration, anxiety, and rage
  • Impairs immune function
  • Influences the production and release of important hormones:
  • Increased levels of cortisol which contributes to high blood pressure, a weaker immune system, increase appetite and abdominal weight gain)
  • Negatively influence the production and release of leptin and ghrelin, hormones that affect appetite regulation
  • Reduces the effectiveness of insulin, increasing blood sugar levels and increases the risk of diabetes
  • Can inhibit the nocturnal production and release of growth hormones in men, which may contribute to loss of muscles and reduced metabolic rate
  • There’s a relationship between sleep deprivation and risk of high blood pressure, stroke and the metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep deprivation is also a risk factor for weight gain because it makes it more difficult to exercise and eat well

Stretching Before Lifting Weights

It is recommended to warm up before lifting weights.  It helps to get your muscle ready for the load you are about to put on it.  Also, during your weight lifting sessions, stretch between sets to keep you circulation moving and prevent injuries.

At Precise Moves Chiropractic we want you to continue to live the happy, healthy life you are used to!  We can also help you to be at the peak of your game!

Call us today for an appointment!

Precise Moves Chiropractic in San Carlos, CA