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Why Carpal Tunnel Surgery Fails So Often

By June 4, 2020February 20th, 2023No Comments

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), also called median nerve compression, is a condition that happens due to pressure on your median nerve. This nerve runs the length of your arm, goes through a passage in your wrist (called the carpal tunnel), and ends in your hand. Carpal tunnel release surgery is one of the most frequently performed hand operations; however, patients often experience worsening or no change in symptoms after carpal tunnel surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Success Rate vs Fail Rate

An article published by The Christian Librarian cites that the fail rate for carpal tunnel surgery is over 50 percent. In that same article, one study showed that for people who reported having CTS symptoms, over half of them received carpal tunnel surgery, but of those, only five percent actually needed surgery — the other 45 percent could have been treated more conservatively.

For being such an invasive procedure and having such a high failure rate, it is clear that carpal tunnel surgery should be an absolute last resort taken after other treatment options are performed first. Regular visits to a chiropractor that has been trained in adjusting the wrist can show positive results in the controlling and healing of many carpal tunnel symptoms. Dr. Myshka at Myshka Chiropractic in in Jonesboro, Arkansas can help you avoid risky surgery with effective, non-invasive chiropractic care for your carpal tunnel symptoms. Dr. Myshka is skilled at moving the small bones in the wrist that removes the pressure off the median nerve.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition involving the pinching of the median nerve, which controls the movement and feeling of your thumb and the movement of all your fingers except your pinky. When the nerve goes through your wrist, it passes through a narrow path made of bone and ligament, called the carpal tunnel. Swelling in your wrist squeezes the tunnel and pinches your median nerve, causing your painful symptoms. 

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Most patients experience:

  • Pain, burning, tingling, or numbness in your palm and thumb or fingers
  • Weakness in your hand and trouble holding things
  • Shock-like feelings that move into your fingers
  • Reduced feeling in your fingers
  • Weakened grip strength, especially the ability to use your thumb to pinch
  • Tingling that moves up into your arm
  • Muscle cramping
  • Slower nerve impulses

It’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of CTS, but evidence suggests that it may be caused by repetitive motion like typing, certain conditions like hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, pregnancy, and genetics could play a role as well. Dr. Myshka will examine the wrist and be able to pinpoint if the cause of CTS is misaligned wrist bones, which can be treated at Myshka Chiropractic in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Complications

In an attempt to release pressure from the median nerve and relieve symptoms, surgery is often done. There are two types of carpal tunnel surgeries: open surgery and endoscopic surgery. Both types of carpal tunnel surgeries present issues. 

Open carpal tunnel surgery – involves a large incision up to two inches from your wrist to your palm. Open surgery commonly results in scar sensitivity and pillar pain, which is pain on the sides of the incision in the thicker parts of the palm and can take several months to resolve.

Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery – involves a small incision in your wrist and sometimes another in your arm. A tiny camera is then used to guide your surgeon as they cut the ligament. Endoscopic surgery can cause nerve injury, either to the median nerve or nearby branches, such as the one that controls the muscles of the thumb or sensation to the palm of the hand.

After their carpal tunnel surgery, patients in Jonesboro often experience the same or worsened symptoms and undergo yet another surgical procedure called revision carpal tunnel surgery. It should not come as a surprise that the results of a second surgery tend to be not as favorable as the results of initial surgery, meaning people are undergoing two expensive, invasive, and unnecessary surgeries with no relief.

Why Carpal Tunnel Symptoms Aren’t Resolved After Surgery

Carpal tunnel surgery can fail and leave you with remaining symptoms for various reasons including:

Incomplete decompression of the carpal ligament – the surgeon did not fully release the pressure from the median nerve, resulting in persistent symptoms.

Nerve scarring – improvements are shown after surgery but symptoms return after the first few months because the median nerve was scarred and tethered to the radial wall of the carpal tunnel. 

Nerve injury – iatrogenic injury to the median nerve or nearby branches may cause worsening or new symptoms to appear immediately after surgery.

Poor diagnoses – patients are often suffering from a condition that exhibits symptoms similar to CTS, such as arthritis, pinched nerve in the neck, or disc degeneration in the cervical spine that can cause irritation of the median nerve. If the nerve problem is being caused by a different issue, carpal tunnel surgery will not resolve all CTS symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment with Chiropractic Care in Jonesboro

A more conservative and less invasive approach to carpal tunnel syndrome treatment is chiropractic care. The majority of carpal tunnel chiropractic patients show significant improvement in several measures such as range of motion, finger sensation, and pain reduction. 

Chiropractic care often helps CTS by adjusting the patient’s wrist, elbow, and spine. 

Dr. Myshka is experienced with carpal tunnel syndrome and can develop an individualized treatment that can help relieve your carpal tunnel symptoms!

Jonesboro Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief

If CTS is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the hand or thumb. A consultation with a Jonesboro chiropractor can get you on the path to pain relief and help prevent ineffective carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Myshka at Myshka Chiropractic is here to help!

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