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non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel

non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel

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Posted by jb on October 09, 2000 at 14:35:45:

In Reply to: EMG test high, CTS with nerve damage. Will surgery help? posted by Raven on September 29, 2000 at 22:51:11:

:Have you checked into a treatment called Active Release Therapy pioneered by a Dr. Leahy? It is a non-invasive treatment kind of like a massage. Chiropractors do it where I come from. Beats surgery and works too. Lots of information on it on the web now. A few of the newspapers around here have been carrying articles about it within the last year or so also.

I finally was referred to a Ortho- Hand Dr. I had a serious injury to my left hand and I also told him about the numbness and pain in my right hand so they did a EMG which tested 6.4 and above. The Doc scheduled me in Dec(thats how booked up he is) for CT release surgery. I have been wearing a wrist splint for almost two monts with no relief. I feel a burning pain most of the time raidiating up my arm with numbness in all fingers except the pinky and sometime I get a catching feeling and sharp pain. The Doc says the surgery will help but he says I have had CTS for along time and I have nerve damage. So he doesn't think my hand will ever become normal. I am in a cast on my left hand for Hyperextention of the thumb. I torn all the tendons around the thumb joint and damaged the tendon. I will also need surgery for this. My questions are for the CTS. Do you all think I should have the surgery even if my hand will most likely still have some numbness? If I do not do the surgery what will happen to my hand? Any advice, info tips success stories or failures are welcome. I am not sure what to do and I am completely lost without my hands. I train Search and Rescue dogs for a living and now I can't work at all. Thank you, Raven

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