CARPAL TUNNEL AND THE SPINE
A chiropractic research team recently
published the case of a 38-year-old woman suffering from "pins and needles"
sensations in both hands.1 These sensations had gone on for one year, and were
so severe that they frequently interrupted her sleep. She was misdiagnosed as having
carpal tunnel syndrome, and ultrasound and massage therapy were applied to her wrists.
Instead of experiencing relief, she was getting steadily worse.
A chiropractic examination revealed nerve
irritation in the upper back. After one adjustment of this "pinched nerve", the
patient felt immediate relief.
Nerve irritation in the neck or upper back
can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also aggravate the syndrome when it really is
present. In either case, chiropractic care can be beneficial.
1 DeFranca GG, Levine LJ, The T4 Syndrome. Journal
of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1995; 18: 34 - 37.
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Marion Todres, M.A., D.C. and Charles Masarsky, D.C.