Currently in the United States, there is a great epidemic of carpal tunnel syndrome that’s doubled in the past 25 years. Since most patients don’t report their condition, this number is estimated to be 3 times greater.
Doctors are rushing to perform risky and costly carpal tunnel release surgery on patients. Hand surgeries have blossomed in the last 2 decades, and carpal tunnel release surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed. The result of this rush to surgery is an unprecedented amount of misery and pain.
The medical money machine
Most people trust their doctor will help with their health problems. For the most part doctors do help them. However, each doctor fights an instinct to remain economically solvent,
Remember, if your doctor makes you better, you don’t need to go back for that condition anymore – and their income from you drops off. So completely relieving a problem makes poor fiscal sense to a business like medicine which is driven by discomfort and disease.
Make no mistake; medicine is very much a business where profit is the bottom line. Just search the web for “carpal tunnel surgeons” and see how much ad space is devoted to doctors looking for new patients.
Carpal tunnel syndrome means big profits
Other than the diabetes epidemic, treating carpal tunnel syndrome has been the biggest gift to medicine. And the ongoing epidemic of carpal tunnel syndrome is driving a blind rush to perform carpal tunnel release surgery like never before.
So it’s not surprising that there’s been an explosion of ordinary people with hand pain being told they have carpal tunnel syndrome. Most of these are a complete misdiagnosis because doctors are riding the wave of the carpal tunnel syndrome epidemic. The result is that more and more doctors are telling their patients to have carpal tunnel release surgery. That’s just plain wrong…and dangerous!
There is NO cure for carpal tunnel syndrome
Surgeons usually say that carpal tunnel release surgery will cure the condition but that’s a fallacy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease that doesn’t have a cure. The pain is due to median nerve compression, but why such compression occurs is unknown. Therefore we can only treat some of the symptoms such as pain. And surgically cutting the transverse carpal ligament is a quick fix for the pain…but it’s not cure…and your symptoms can come back.
Misdiagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most misdiagnosed disease today. It’s mostly confused with wrist tendonitis or repetitive strain injury. Surgeons say that EMG tests can tell difference, but many studies show that’s not true at all.
So why does a doctor rush to perform carpal tunnel release surgery when you may not have carpal tunnel syndrome to begin with? Profit.
Surgery is great for doctors
Diagnosing a patient’s pain as carpal tunnel syndrome necessary so that expensive surgery may be prescribed. Surgery brings in lots more income to a doctor than if they prescribe good and proven conservative therapy for your hand pain instead. Many doctors claim conservative treatments have poor results, but their facts are wrong and inconsistent with the data; so much so that the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, under pressure from various groups, recommends doctors tell their patients to use ALL such conservative therapies FIRST, before considering surgery.
Failed carpal tunnel surgery
Any massage or physical therapist will tell you how many of their patients have avoided or cancelled surgery with massage therapy. We already know massage therapy techniques work very well to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome. Sadly, these same therapists will also tell you how many patients come with carpal tunnel release surgery that’s failed. Most see a return of pain in the same hand 1-2 years later.