Carpal tunnel and the importance of talking to your patient face-to-face

NECK PROBLEMS: Can be related to pain in other areas of the body.

I GO on about how important a proper assessment is for a correct diagnosis. Doctors MUST examine the patient! The variety of medical testing available is fantastic, BUT you must still examine and speak to the person in front of you.

A case study: A proper assessment meant Danielle was able to avoid unnecessary surgery and make a quick recovery: “I began to experience numbness in my fingers and hand extending to my upper arm on the right side and occasionally in my fingers and hand on the left. I thought I had slept awkwardly, and if I ignored it, it would go away. It didn’t.

“One night I was awoken by completely numb fingers, hand and arm and extreme pain. In the morning I could barely use my hand. Night after night the pain increased and day after day, I could not perform the simplest of tasks. I went to see my GP. He diagnosed carpal tunnel and said the operation was very simple. I did not want an operation. So I telephoned Estelle at Bodyworks.

“Estelle asked me if I had a problem with my neck. I said no, but later I mentioned that I had broken a rib and other smaller injuries falling down the stairs nine months before. What appeared to have been an isolated incident in my wrist was traced back through my arm and neck to my rib.After three appointments I began to sleep better, I still had numbness, but the pain had started to disappear.

“I now sleep every night knowing that the pain and numbness will go in time. I am having the root of the problem cured. The right treatment makes the body work!”

For more information about Danielle’s treatment check out our blog or call us on 952 883 151

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