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Carpal Tunnel

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  • Posted By: bobwhite
  • February 10, 2009
  • 03:38 AM

My friend, a fiddler, developed pain in the hand and wrist.
She was diagnosed as having mild carpal tunnel syndrome.
The doctor told her there was nothing she could do. No exercises, no therapy, nothing. And that variations of violin holding wouldn't work.
The doctor only said if it got worse to get a prescription for Motrin.

It seems like there must be something, like acupuncture that could help.
This specialist said no.

I'm sending my friend some sea salts for occasional soaks. That helped my bad knee.

any other suggestions?

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  • Hi. I'm a massage therapist and I know from experience with my clients that there is plenty your friend can do. Many of my clients have had issues with this before, and after seeing me they report no more issues. It takes time--there is no 'quick fix' for this, but massage or PT can help greatly. A trained therapist can remove the problem all together in some cases. You can enter the words 'massage carpal tunnel' into Google and find many sites that describe what is done and offer postural modifications that can help. Insist on a physical therapist or massage therapist trained in carpal tunnel. CHECK THEIR CREDENTIALS-- I have also seem problems from people 'claiming' to be able to treat this condition without really understanding the mechanics of it. Be selective in who you hire or you can wind up with more issues than you began with. If the doc is still unwilling to offer solutions to a very real problem, get a new doctor. They should take this seriously.Good luck to you and your friend. Know that surgery in this is a LAST resort-- I also have clients for whom the surgery failed. Why cut when there are more effective, non-invasive measures that can be taken?
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 10, 2009
    • 05:02 AM
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  • Thanks! I will email her your suggestions.
    bobwhite 20 Replies
    • February 10, 2009
    • 05:10 AM
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  • She needs to get a wrist splint to wear at night.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 02:24 PM
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  • Oh,and she needs a new doctor.Any doctor should know how to treat CTS.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 02:26 PM
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  • Depends on which fingers. If pinky, check out Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in Guitaristsby Timothy J. Jameson, D.C., C.C.S.P. at http://www.museweb.com/ag/cubital.html. Pinky tendon doesn't go through Carpal. If middle or first finger then there are measures to address the symptoms, the first of which is find another doctor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 1, 2010
    • 03:27 AM
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