What is the Carpal Tunnel?
The purple area above is the carpal tunnel. And when the median nerve is pinched you feel numbness in the purple area in the hand shown on the right. >>>>>>>
Those muscle tendons are like skinny cables, each running through a tube called a tendon sheath.
Read on to see how important those tendons and sheaths play a role in carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is like a ditch lined with wrist bones. Across the top of that ditch is a hard strap called the transverse carpal tunnel ligament.
Through that “tunnel” passes the median nerve and nine flexor tendons (described later).
If the median nerve is compressed you will have numbness or other sensations in the palm side of the thumb, first two fingers. and half of the ring finger. (Never the little finger)
There Are Two Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive Use of your hands (Yeah I know some sites say that’s not true. BUT it depends on HOW the repetitive motions were done). I’ll get to number 2 later.
When you move your fingers up and down, like in typing, that motion is actually caused by your forearm muscles.
You can prove that by grasping your upper forearm with the opposite hand and feel what happens when your move your wrist and fingers.
The muscles on the palm side of the forearm are called flexor muscles. They are the ones that close your fingers. The ones on the back side of the forearm are the ones that open the fingers. They are called extensor muscles.
The forearm muscles attach to your fingers through long skinny tendons. Those tendons go through hollow tubes that are called tendon sheaths. And there is lubrication in those sheaths.
Those tendons are like cables. When you move your fingers up and down, up and down, the tendons move back and forth, back and forth in those tendon sheaths.
That lubrication is not motor oil.
You know that in the engine in a car, those pistons move up and down. They can up and down all day. But if you run out of motor oil or there is a lot of dirt in it, the friction causes the engine to seize up. The motor is ruined.
If you use your hands and fingers for more than 20 minutes at a time without giving them at least a five minute break, you’re drying out the synovial fluid (the lubrication) in there. And that causes friction. And that causes tiny pieces of your tendon or your tendon sheath to chafe off.
And that accumulates gunk and irritation inside those tendon sheaths and they start to swell up.
When typing or playing a musical instrument or whatever — the back of your hand and the back of your forearm should be in a straight line (as much as possible.
When those tendons go around a corner it is like having a rope around a tree branch that you’re pulling back and forth.
When your tendons have to go around corners, you’re creating the possibility of more friction. more accumulation of gunk in the tendon sheath. All that causes swelling and less room in the carpal tunnel.
What do doctors do about that?
What a lot of doctors do – and they call it a conservative method – is prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs.
While that decreases the the swelling in the short term – in the long run it makes your problem worse. Because it interferes with your natural healing process.
Drugs have NEVER EVER cured carpal tunnel syndrome.
Knowledgeable doctors know this. But a huge number of doctors apparently don’t.
Or what else doctors do…
Cortisone shots are a common “conservative method.” And it generally works for awhile. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory. But it doesn’t last.
The problem usually comes back, sometimes within 2 months.
Warning: Repeated cortisone shots can deteriorate muscles, it can deteriorate tendons, even bone.
There is no way to reverse that.
Responsible doctors don’t give cortisone shots in the same place more than twice in a person’s lifetime.
The Second Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tight forearm muscles. And Imbalance in those muscles.
Whether it’s from repetitive use of your hands or from gripping. Could be from gripping anything from weights, to jack hammers, to machinery, to mountain bikes, to pruning shears, or anything else.
You are using the muscles that close your fingers a lot more powerfully than the muscles that open the fingers. And that causes muscle imbalance and tight muscles in the forearm.
When muscles are overused, muscle fibers can get stuck together. Or muscle cells can get stuck in contraction.
Either way, that shortens the forearm muscles on the flexor side (palm side). And that shortening causes the wrist to curl forward, causing less room in the carpal tunnel.
And What do doctors do about that?
They recommend that you wear a wrist splint at night. And that’s actually a good idea because that keeps the carpal tunnel open while your are sleeping so your hand isn’t flopping around in bed.
But that’s not curing anything.
If the splint helps you sleep better – then the real problem is muscle imbalance in the forearms.
The real solution is to loosen up those tight forearm muscles.
If the wrist splint doesn’t make any difference, then your problem is coming from somewhere higher up in your body…
I’ll explain that later when I talk about the “Dimmer Switch Analogy.”
Then there is Surgery…
The purpose of the surgery is to create more room in the carpal tunnel to take the pressure off the median nerve.
They are not fixing the nerve. They are taking the pressure off it.
If you could take the pressure off yourself, you wouldn’t need the surgery.
The Nerve Runs Under the Ligament
Surgery Divides the Ligament to take the Pressure Off the Nerve
The reason you are born with the transverse carpal tunnel ligament is it provides leverage for gripping.
Practically everyone who has this surgery is left with a weaker grip.
Of those whose grip strength returns, it is because of scar tissue formation.
Surgeries of any kind carry the risk of serious infection. Or additional damage can be caused.
What a surgeon calls success and what a patient calls success are usually not the same. Most surgeons claim a 92% to 93% success rate – or 7 to 8 surgeries out of 100 fail for various reasons.
What a surgeon calls success is that the pressure is relieved off the median nerve, regardless of whatever new pain the patient feels or how long their time is off of work.
Surgery is not an instant magic bullet
Here is what YOU have to do after surgery in the best of cases…
This is from actual surgical clinic post-op handouts.
- First 2 Days: Ice 20 minutes every hour. Keep arm elevated.
- First 3 Days: Keep Dressing Dry.
- Take prescribed pain medication as long as needed.
- After First 2 Days: Ice 20 minutes at a time 2 to 3 times a day until swelling goes down.
- First 2 Weeks: Keep arm elevated as much as possible.
- During Weeks 2 to 4: Do prescribed exercises 3 times a day to keep hand from stiffening up.
- After 4 Weeks: Start the strengthening exercises.
When can you return to work? Two weeks for is average for light duty worker. For heavy duty workers it may take a month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months. About 23% of industrial workers cannot return to the same type of work they had before.
Even so, a large number of patients complain of a different type of pain in the wrist lasting months after the surgery. Doctors tell them that this is normal.
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Instead of all those post-op exercises following surgery, why not try something non-invasive instead?
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Carpal Tunnel Syndromes
are more common than carpal tunnel syndrome…
Nerves are like electric wires.
In an electric wire, a dimmer switch can reduce the amount of juice going through.
In your body tight muscles or muscle imbalance can pinch on a nerve.
And your body has several specific places where that can happen.
Now lets say there were a series of dimmer switches and the lamp was dim. You could not tell by looking at the lamp which switch was dimming – or if multiple switches were a little bit dimmed.
The lamp couldn’t tell either. The only way to tell would be to examine each switch.
Well your nerves are a lot like electric wires. The nerves that run into your hand, come out of the lower neck vertebrae, go down the front of your neck, under your collar bone, under your arm pit, and down your arm.
And when you feel numbness in your fingers, you brain thinks that’s where the trouble is.
Rubbing your fingers won’t help any more than rubbing the lamp.
There are several places in your body where tight muscles or muscle imbalance can pinch on nerves and mimic carpal tunnel syndrome.
Almost no one is told this, let alone told what to do about them.
With the Carpal Tunnel Master Program…
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Some say that carpal tunnel syndrome causes sensations up your forearm or up your shoulder or into your neck.
No, No No. Actually the opposite is true.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome NEVER causes forearm pain. But tight muscles or muscle imbalance in the forearm can create carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome NEVER causes shoulder or neck pain. But there are muscles in the shoulder or neck that can create FAKE carpal tunnel syndrome.
What if your little two fingers get numb?
What if your have thumb pain?
What if you have numbness in just one finger?
Those are NOT Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Those aren’t even any symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
But those ARE Problems. And Most Programs Don’t Even Talk About Them.
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In the process, you very well might get rid of your tension headaches, the pain in your neck and the pain between your shoulder blades, and other stuff that might not appear to be related.
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Specific Other Conditions that most programs never touch on.
References to free sites that tell you how to set up your computer station or other equipment to minimize the strain on your body.
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If this worked so well, why didn’t my doctor tell me?
Did You Know…
There are hand clinics that have NO SURGEONS, no doctors, instead have specialized physical and occupational therapists. They follow the causes – not just go after the symptoms.
But geez they are hard to find. For every such clinic, there are probably hundreds doctors that perform carpal tunnel surgery.
Instead of you taking weeks or months to recover from the surgery, in these clinics you spend the time to correct the muscle and postural imbalances creating the symptoms. No time off from work to recover from surgery.
(By the way, I took a class from one of the physical therapits who was from such a local clinic).
Doctors are rarely trained in the problems caused by muscle imbalances nor do they have the time to spend implementing them if they did.
General practitioners usually have less than 15 minutes to consult with a patient.
Doctors do what doctors know. Most of the time that is pills, shots, surgery.
And most do believe it is in your best interest.
Carpal tunnel surgery is almost never an emergency surgery.
Yet many doctors push their patients into having it done and scare them with warnings of “risk of permanent nerve damage.”
Doctors who had a financial interest in surgical clinics were 50% more likely to recommend non emergency surgeries than doctors who didn’t – according to researchers in a University of Michigan study.
Surgeons consider splints and shots as “conservative treatments”. Yet these “conservative treatments” usually fail and are only passive measures.
Yet after surgery they have you do all these things to recover from the trauma of the surgery. Does that seem strange to you?
I hate to say it, but carpal tunnel surgery is very lucrative business. Compared to most other surgeries, it is relatively simple. In many cases it only takes 15 to 20 minutes. The assistants do the prep and clean up,
That means a lot of surgeries can be performed in one day at many thousand dollars a pop. Ca-ching.
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To sum it up:
- You do not have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on doctor visits trying to find one who will actually help you.
- You do not have to take any time off from work (unlike the weeks or months recovering from surgery).
- You do not need therapist of any kind. (Or waste time and money trying to find one who has more than a clue about this).
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Courses and Gizmos that only are for carpal tunnel syndrome will not help you if that is not your problem. — Or will have limited value if your problem is coming from more locations than just the carpal tunnel area.
If you have previously had carpal tunnel surgery and your problems are coming back again, this course can very likely help — assuming your surgery did not cause irreparable damages.
How Much? Just $47.00. Gee, that’s less than I charged for one massage.
Compare Costs: ♦ Just a single consultation with a doctor will cost (depending where you live) $50 to $200 dollars. ♦ Then to see a specialist may run $200 to $500 for a diagnosis – which is not always accurate. ♦ Or if you go to a physical therapist for help at a cost of $70 to $250 per session, with them wanting you to come back once or twice or three times a week for up to three months. ♦ Carpal Tunnel Surgery including rehab runs between $4500 and $14,000 with $7000 being about the average. ♦ And if there are complications the average is up to $29,000. ♦
Even with good insurance your out of pocket cost for surgery averages around $3000.00.
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What are you waiting for?
Hilma L Volk
Retired massage therapist after 23 years in practice. Have researched carpal tunnel syndrome and other cause of numb hands for more than 20 years. Started by fixing my own hand problems. Also a certified nutritionist.