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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 May;17(4):246-9.

Chiropractic manipulation in carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Department of Chiropractic Principles and Practice, Cleveland Chiropractic College and Clinic, Kansas City, MO.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if chiropractic manipulation could relieve carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 42-yr-old female suffered from pain, tingling and numbness in the right wrist. Paresthesia along the C6 dermatome, a positive Phalen's test and Tinel's sign was present. EMG testing confirmed the clinical diagnosis of CTS.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:

Chiropractic manipulations were rendered 3 times per week for 4 wk, to the subject's cervical spine, right elbow and wrist using a low amplitude, short lever, low force, high velocity thrust. Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated.

CONCLUSION:

In this case study, chiropractic made a demonstrable difference through objective and subjective outcomes. Further investigations using double-blind, cross-over designs with larger samples are warranted.

PMID:
8046280
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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