Posts Tagged ‘carpal tunnel’

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Self-Help Management Options

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most investigated, researched, and talked about disorder when it comes to work related injuries to the upper extremity because it is often the cause of so much lost work time, disability costs, and the source of financial hardship for many of its sufferers. So, the questions are: Is there a way to detect it early? What can be done to prevent CTS? And, what can you do to facilitate in the treatment process of CTS?

  1. EARLY DETECTION: Because CTS symptoms usually start out mildly, maybe a little numbness or tingling in the hand or fingers that can be easily “shaken off,” people usually do not identify these early symptoms as, “…a big deal” and consequently, do nothing about it. After a while, and the time depends on how severely the median nerve is pinched, you may start waking up at night needing to shake out your hands in order to return to sleep. Similarly, when driving, you may need to change your hand position on the steering wheel due to the same symptoms. If you are really stubborn (and many people are) and you STILL don’t give in and come to us for treatment, then buttoning shirts, writing, crocheting, knitting, playing piano, typing, etc., may all soon become affected. The KEY in early detection is to NOT ignore the early symptoms. Come in right away!
  2. PREVENTION: There are many highly effective preventative tactics. For example, recognize that certain conditions predispose us to CTS and anything to avoid and/or properly manage these conditions will help. Some of these conditions include diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, the use of birth control pills, inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid or lupus), hypothyroidism, and obesity. From an ergonomic approach, make sure your work station is set up properly including (but not limited to) the position of the monitor, the keyboard, the mouse, and your chair. Set up the area so the extremes of wrist bending can be avoided. If a wrist brace doesn’t get in the way, it may help, especially when there is a high incidence rate of CTS with your co-workers. Most importantly, small mini-breaks and stretching can be highly effective during the day. If you develop any symptoms, come in and see us RIGHT AWAY (see #1 above).
  3. SELF-MANAGEMENT: Certainly consider and implement the “prevention” approaches described above in #2. Specific exercises for stretching, strengthening, and dexterity REALLY HELP! We will teach you these, as it is important that you perform the correct exercises accurately. Improper exercising will only add to the problems that lead to CTS or, worsen it. Control your diet to avoid obesity, to control diabetes and the other sometimes preventable conditions described above. Wearing a wrist splint, especially at night can also really help. There are many types from Velcro wrist wraps with or without thumb loops to cock-up splints, carpal lock splints, and many more. The key as to whether to use a wrist splint or not during work is largely dependent on the comfort of the splint during the work day. Many occupations simply require too much wrist bending or movement for the splint to be comfortably worn during the work day which ends up bruising the forearm and/or hand due to the repetitive motion into the edges of the splint. If or when daytime use of the splint isn’t tolerated, use it only at night to prevent extreme wrist bending while sleeping. This usually REALLY helps. Bottom line, remember the saying, “…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

We realize you have a choice in who you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be honored to render our services.

Chiropractors In San Diego Offer New Twist To Eliminate Neck Pain With Spinal Decompression.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The chiropractic doctors at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego are using an FDA cleared medical device that solves 86% of back pain. For many years, chiropractors across the globe have used spinal decompression for low back pain and spinal stenosis. This revolutionary treatment is available now in San Diego for neck pain and many headaches.

Countless failed surgery patients have finally found relief after surgery made them worse.  With this new technology, it’s obvious they may have never needed surgery in the first place. There is a very good reason why thousands of former neck pain and headache sufferers are calling non-surgical spinal decompression the “eighth wonder of the world.” This amazing new medical breakthrough is responsible for cracking the neck pain code for thousands of former pain sufferers.  Many pain victims previously tried everything and were thought to be hopeless cases.

To watch videos of advanced spinal decompression chiropractic technology, those interested can go to the San Diego website at  According to Dr. Michael Pritsker, a chiropractor and spinal decompression DRX-9000 specialist at New Century Spine Centers, “Neck and back pain can be debilitating and affects thousands of people each year. But thanks to new advances in neck pain treatment for disc injuries and muscle spasms, thousands of neck and back pain sufferers are living pain free and enjoying life to its fullest.”

Dr. Dirk Kancilia, DC, founder of New Century Spine Centers says “by utilizing advanced spinal decompression therapy together with the best skilled back doctors and sophisticated diagnostic testing, we are able to give the patient the best possible treatment for their neck pain. We work closely with medical doctors, spinal surgeons, chiropractors, and drx9000 spinal decompression specialists to eliminate their neck pain and spinal stenosis. Whether its neck pain victims that requested our free report from or if they were referred by their friends, family, or chiropractic doctor, they can rest assure that they are in the right hands at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego. Up until now, there were only three options that existed to deal with the pain from damaged neck conditions. They were swallowing pain medication for pain management, going under the knife with spinal surgery, or just dealing with the pain. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego has some of the top spinal decompression doctors in San Diego. They have also brought in some of the most advanced spine decompression therapies available for non-surgical treatment of neck pain.

Neck spinal decompression therapy in San Diego has been successful with even the most severe cases. It has even worked when all else failed.  Cervical spinal decompression works for neck pain, headaches, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, a relapse or failure following surgery, migraine headaches, facet syndromes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arm pain.

The really good news in all of this is that it is not something you have to continue to do for the rest of your life!  So it is not a big commitment. Patients typically undergo 15 to 20 treatments sessions.  Each treatment last between 25-30 minutes.  This, of course, depends on individual cases and is determined by a thorough evaluation by the chiropractic doctor. It is important to note that many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few treatments.  Some patients get substantial relief even after just one treatment.

Cervical spinal decompression treatment is FDA cleared and covered by many insurance companies. If the insurance does not cover the treatment, it is much more affordable than many back and neck surgeries. For debilitating neck and arm pain, it may be the best option.

Due to the high demand for information for neck spinal decompression therapy, they have set up two options to get information. Those interested can visit the website at They have also set up a 24 hour toll free recorded hotline where people with neck pain can call to get a free report and video. That toll free number is 1-888-611-2042. New Century Spine Centers is located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Don’t wait another day suffering in pain. With this new advanced technology, thousands of people are free from neck and back pain.