Be Sure It’s Really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosis (or perhaps mis-diagnosis), discussing another blogger’s frustration with his doctor.

Dr. Eben Davis (of Dr Davis’ Back & Wrist Pain Blog) has expanded on this topic. In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Maybe…Maybe Not, Dr. Davis writes:

It’s very common for patients with arm or hand pain to be told they have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS has pretty much become a “catch all phrase” for doctors and therapists to use for non-specific hand/wrist pain.

And the treatment has been the same for years…wrist splints and Motrin. If that doesn’t work, maybe cortisone injections. Then…as a last resort, carpal tunnel release surgery.

Well…that’s all well and good if the problem is in fact carpal tunnel syndrome. Actually, it’s not well and good. There are nonsurgical, drugless treatment methods that have great success with textbook CTS…such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy…that should be considered first…in my biased opinion.

Dr. Davis goes on to explain the diagnosis of CTS and related conditions in more detail.

If you live in the San Francisco, and haven’t been able to get a diagnosis you can trust, Dr Davis offers a complimentary CTS Evaluation. If you live elsewhere, Dr. Davis has also offered to help you find a specialist in your area. You can also check the FindADoc feature at Paul Marxhausen’s comprehensive RSI reference site.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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