Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Doctor New Ulm MN

Though chiropractors may be best known for treating back and neck pain, their techniques also show promise in treating myriad other conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Read on for more information on chiropractic treatment.

Stephens, Charles, Md - New Ulm Medical Ctr
(507) 233-1000
1324 5TH St N
New Ulm, MN

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Ellen Ruth Shammash, MD
(651) 683-0028
205 Wabasha St S
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1988

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Erik Jon Peterson
(612) 625-8690
516 Delaware St Se
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Aaron R Holmgren
(320) 252-5131
1200 Sixth Ave No
St Cloud, MN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Raymond Charles Hausch, MD
(218) 786-8888
400 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Med Ctr, Duluth, Mn
Group Practice: Duluth Clinic

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Charles Robert Moore, MD
(218) 529-6960
915 E 1st St
Duluth, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1968

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Daniel Ernest Hathaway, MD
(612) 371-1600
205 Wabasha St S
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1969

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Arthur Lawrence Weaver, MD
(218) 562-5351
9914 Weavers Point Rd
Pequot Lakes, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: N H S Univ Nebraska Med Ctr, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: University Of Nebraska Medical Center

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Thomas G Osborn
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Donna Rae Fontana
(952) 893-1959
7250 France Ave S
Edina, MN
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Rheumatology

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Ask the Doctor - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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By Anthony L. Rosner, PHD, Chiropractor

I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both hands, and my doctor is recommending surgery. Is there any chiropractic treatment that could help me avoid such drastic measures?

Though chiropractors may be best known for treating back and neck pain, their techniques also show promise in treating myriad other conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. A growing body of research over the past decade has shown that the body’s extremities—including the wrist—respond very well to manual therapy, which is the signature approach of chiropractic treatment.

In people with carpal tunnel syndrome, the median nerve in the wrist gets compressed because of repetitive stress—prolonged strain on the wrist when it is either extended or flexed. Common symptoms are numbness and tingling in the fingers and pain in the wrist, palm, or forearm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common, estimated to be the diagnosis in more than 60 percent of all occupational illnesses.

Chiropractic care goes to the root of the problem by manipulating the wrist to relieve pressure on joints and ligaments and on the carpal tunnel itself—the eight bones in the wrist called “carpals” that form a channel through which the nerve passes on its way to the hand. When this tunnel narrows, it constricts the nerve, causing the various symptoms. Chiropractic treatment is a noninvasive way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome without resorting to surgery.

At least three studies have shown that chiropractic manipulation improves pain, nerve functioning, and finger sensitivity, as well as physical and mental distress in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. These results are comparable to what patients report after taking ibuprofen or corticosteroids, but chiropractic doesn’t include the possible side effects that come with those medications.

Other studies have also shown improvement in wrist inflammation with changes in diet and with exercise (stretching and strengthening) in conjunction with a chiropractor’s manual therapy. The dietary changes included adding such supplements as vitamins B6 (pyridoxine) and B2 (riboflavin), bromelain (an enzyme from pineapples), and lipoic acid. The studies’ subjects reported pain relief as long as six months after treatment. Even more impressive, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the carpal tunnel done before and after manipulation of the wrist showed that the treatment physically relieved compression—actually widening the diameter of the carpal tunnel—proof that the very cause of carpal tunnel syndrome had been corrected.

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