carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist tendinosis?

CARPAL TUNNEL OR WRIST TENDINOSIS

Carpal Tunnel

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I recently had a young patient drive about 16 hours to see me for problems he was having in his wrists / hands. He had grown up in (and was still involved with) a business that required him to use metal shears / tin snips (giant scissors used to cut sheet metal) on an almost daily basis.  He had numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in both of his hands.  And his range of motion was so poor, that he could barely move the back of his hand toward his forearm.  He had not been to any doctors, figuring it would be easier (and cheaper) to come see me first to see if I could help him.   He was about 75% better after his first treatment.  He returned about 2 months later for a second.   He has no more problem.

PRAYER SIGN:  A SIMPLE RANGE OF MOTION TEST
FOR THE FOREARM AND WRIST
(You should be able to keep your hands together, with your arms parallel to the floor)

Carpal Tunnel

Image by Smallbones

Although this individual was not yet 30, he had severe WRIST / FOREARM FLEXOR TENDINOSIS as well as FASCIAL ADHESIONS of the same area. In his case, it was not related to ELBOW TENDINOSIS. His wrists were so restricted that with his hands together, it looked more like an “A-frame”.   In about half an hour of working with him and breaking immense amounts of scar tissue and adhesion, not only was full range of motion restored to his wrists, but he could not reproduce pain or paresthesia.  Was this CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?  Probably not — yet.  If you are curious as to whether I could help you with your specific hand / wrist / forearm problem, drop me a line.  Our office can be reached at (417) 934-6337.
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