6 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Myths You Should Know

March 17, 2010 by  
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6-carpal-tunnel-myths Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive stress injuries. There are a lot of truths, myths, misconceptions and understanding about what exactly causes carpal tunnel.  I want to address some of the common myths about carpal tunnel so you know for sure whether or not you are suffering from this nagging injury.

Myth #1 – Surgery is the only way to 100% cure carpal tunnel syndrome.

There is a 10% failure rate when going under the knife for carpal tunnel surgery.  I recommend  you go the exercise rehab route before you opt for surgery.

Performing simple carpal tunnel exercises can be extremely effective in most  carpal tunnel cases. After surgery, you may still experience numbness, up to 3 months after the surgery.

Myth #2 – Carpal tunnel only affects office workers or manual laborer workers.

The truth of the matter is that most people who suffer from carpal tunnel have never worked in an office or performed much manual labor.

Myth #3 – All hand pain IS carpal tunnel syndrome

It’s true that carpal tunnel can be responsible for the majority of hand pain, it could be something else such as broken finger, tendonitis, arthritis, etc…  Carpal tunnel should be diagnosed by a medical professional such as your family doctor.

Myth #4 – Carpal Tunnel has become more prevalent today due to excessive use of computers.

If you look at the history of carpal tunnel and when it was first diagnosed and labeled, it was actually first recognized back in the 1800′s.

The first surgery performed on the carpal tunnel region of the hand was back in the 30′s.
Myth #5 -  CTS surgery has a 100% success rate.

FALSE!  It’s not uncommon to suffer a relapse of carpal tunnel, even after surgery has been performed.  It is rare but in extreme cases of carpal tunnel when you are dealing with a lot of scar tissue in the carpal tunnel region, there is a likelihood that it could return.

Again I only recommend that you got the carpal tunnel surgery  route if you’ve done everything else to try and relieve your carpal tunnel pain. Surgery should be your last resort!

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8 Responses to “6 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Myths You Should Know”

  1. george scottie boy on March 20th, 2010 1:11 am

    Is it normal for my knuckles to become white and my hands turn red? I’m a carpenterand have been for 22 years. i haven’t been to the doctor yet but i’m pretty sure this is what it is, it actully came on suddenly but been here for the last 3 weeks nonstop, takes me about an hour in the morning for the pain to let up enough to pull my socks up. But after that it is not ass bad the rest of the day just numb and hurts when i turn my hands the wrong way well hope fully i can find out some extercise i can do to become more familulsr with it to try and live with itr thanks for jour site i’ll br checking back often

  2. guenter henning on April 9th, 2010 2:01 pm

    i wa tched your video and tried out the exercise. i only done it a view times,but i think it helps and the pain is not as strong as it was before. i olso have a splint on my left wrist and i beleave it lhelps too. thank you for your advise.
    guenter henning

  3. {Gracie} Anna James on April 27th, 2010 3:32 am

    I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, about a month ago. By a Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Specialist For to weeks I suffered with pain in my left hand, wrist,elbow and shoulder, my right hand and wrist. It was so bad I could not use my hands at all, I could not stand for them to be touch. I was given a cortizone shot.
    He said for me to put my hands & arms in ice cold water, yes that did helped with the pain, after a few days all the pain went away. In a few weeks later, my hands begin tingling, numbness especially when in bed at night, I wake up because of the stiffness, tingling, numbness, swelling and itching in the palms and fingers. My palms turn red like blood when it is itching. When not itching most of the time it looks no blood is in my hands. The gave me two splint to sleep on my hands, it help a lot, but I still have the problem. Some days I have the problems during the day. Can I order the Trainer kit though the mail? The Specialist want to do the operation but I rather not. I know of a few people had the operation and it came back. I know it got be a better way to help with this.

  4. Sue Kiker on February 22nd, 2011 12:29 pm

    I would like to know if carpal tunnel causes your hands to always go to sleep and sometimes just stay that way.

  5. thecla on March 20th, 2011 5:36 am

    i did try the exercise you demonstrated on u tube and last night i did sleep .this morning i felt less stress and did the exercise again.i do belive that it will be a success and I hope for the best thank you thecla
    i will pass it on to whomever has this problem

  6. Frank Mata on April 21st, 2011 10:12 pm

    ag. mech. so i use need my hands,2 wks excrutiating pain now numb tingling thumb to middle finger.cant seem to find info helkp’ Hope’fully this is the place since its spacifiuc to my problem not other areas which at yhe moment i dont need (knock on wood)

  7. kevin on September 17th, 2011 3:15 am

    will exercising my wrist help with carpal tunnel

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