Can A Car Wreck Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I was in a car wreck and started experiencing a lot of pain in wrist fingers and up the arm.
I had a sprained arm but had numbness so my doctor referred me to an orthopedic.
He suspected CTS and I had the Nerve Conduction Test and it showed CTS in the hand that had been giving me problems.
I have never had these symptoms before and I am just wondering if the car wreck could have caused CTS?
A car crash can absolutely cause Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.
But what does that mean exactly? If you're lucky, your doctors will treat you as if the problem is coming from up at the neck. If you're not lucky, they'll think that it's coming from the wrist.
Check out the Whiplash page.
Essentially, the car accident whips the head around, and the connective tissue and muscle structures not only seize up to protect you, but they stay tight, and you can get rip and tear damage.
This causes the Scalene muscles to clamp down on the nerve that feeds the arm and hand, and like a foot stepping on a hose, cuts off nerve flow.
You may want to check out my Reversing Whiplash ebook.
It is possible of course that you had a pre-existing dynamic of Wrist Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that just wasn't causing any symptoms until the trauma from the car accident amped up the problem to problem levels.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert