STUDIES: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
age 34, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
working for 10 years as an engineer and spending
most of his days on a computer, this 34-year-old
male was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
His symptoms included pain, numbness and tingling,
and muscle weakness in his right wrist and hand,
and sharp pain in his neck and shoulders. Occasionally,
his neck "locked up" and he could not move it
due to pain. In addition, he tapped his right
leg while working on the computer and experienced
numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in his
right thigh. Over the past 10 years, he tried
many forms of health care with no success, including
general chiropractic, wrist braces, anti-inflammatory
drugs, rest, exercises, etc.
this patient's initial examination, extreme weakness
in his right hand was noted during grip strength
testing and wrist extension. Right hip flexion
also was weak. An upper neck injury was discovered
during x-ray and thermographic examination. After
the first upper cervical adjustment, the muscle
strength in his wrist, hand, and thigh was 90%
restored, and the numbness and tingling in both
his hand and thigh were completely gone. Range
of motion in his neck was greatly improved. After
1 month of care, he was pain-free and symptom-free,
while still working on the computer 8 hours per
Age 51, Arm Numbness, Asthma
51-year-old male fell while skiing. Afterwards,
he experienced numbness in his left arm and hand.
The arm and hand stayed constantly numb for three
months before he sought help from upper cervical
care. In addition, he experienced asthma and allergies
since childhood and frequently used an inhaler
for chest congestion.
During his upper cervical chiropractic examination,
an upper neck injury was found. After the first
upper cervical adjustment, the numbness in his
arm decreased to an intermittent occurrence. One
month later, the numbness was gone. He also noticed
correction of an old injury in his left shoulder--
he no longer had pain there. Finally, the chest
congestion reduced substantially. He claimed his
allergy symptoms improved 80-85% since the beginning
*** TESTIMONIAL ***
"I am writing to thank Dr. Elster for all the
good work she's done on my neck. The tingling
sensation in my arm that I got from my ski accident
is almost completely gone and that is a big relief.
Even more important for me, however, is that my
allergies and exercise-induced asthma are much
better. I had looked at Dr. Elster's literature
before I went to see her, and understood the connection
she made between spinal cord irritation and allergies.
In my case, the connection seems to be very much
there. My hay fever started to diminish within
the first three weeks of neck adjustments, and
continued to improve all summer. I've had less
trouble with hay fever this summer than any summer
since I moved to Colorado. The hay fever improvement
is easy to notice, but I wouldn't be surprised
to find that my other organs have been helped
by this treatment as well. So, thank you for changing
my life. " Brian, age 51, October '99
Age 58, Neck Pain, Tingling from elbow to fingers,
Headaches, Hip Pain
58-year-old female experienced neck pain, headaches,
tingling from her left elbow down through her
fingers, and right hip pain for 2 months before
seeking help from upper cervical care. When discussing
her medical history, she recalled two falls where
she tripped while trail running several months
before her symptoms started.
During her upper cervical chiropractic exam, an
upper neck injury was found-- most likely stemming
from one or both of her falls while running. After
only 1 month of upper cervical care, all symptoms
healed and have never returned.
Age 58, Asthma, Shingles, Arm Tingling
58-year-old male suffered with asthma for the
past 3 years. He used daily inhalers (4 puffs
per day each of 2 inhalers for a total of 8 puffs
per day) and still had difficulty breathing while
running or frequent talking. He also had an outbreak
of shingles on his torso and had been taking an
anti-viral medication with no results. In addition,
he had been experiencing tingling down his right
arm into his hand, which he had attributed to
computer work, for many years.
his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered. After the first upper cervical adjustment,
the sores on his torso began healing. Within two
weeks, the lesions were gone. Also his arm tingling
never occurred again after the start of upper
cervical care. His use of asthma inhalers was
reduced to 1 puff per day instead of 8. After
several months of upper cervical care, his asthma
medications were discontinued and he had no further
Age 40, Headaches, Neck Pain, Clavicle Pain, Numbness
40-year-old female suffered with neck and clavicle
pain and numbness in her 3rd and 4th fingers of
her right hand for 6 months before seeking help
from upper cervical care. Her right grip strength
was weak and she complained of pain in her right
elbow. Her neurologist gave her a possible diagnosis
of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) but gave no
treatment options. She also suffered from headaches,
approximately once per week.
her evaluation, a neck injury was discovered.
The neck injury possibly stemmed from two different
auto accidents she experienced eight years prior.
This patient's upper cervical spine was adjusted
only three times and she had complete correction
of her neck pain, clavicle pain, headaches, finger
numbness, and grip weakness within two weeks of
upper cervical care.
Age 53, Neck, Arm, Leg Pain, Arm Tingling
53-year-old male suffered for many years from
neck and upper back pain, tingling down his left
arm into his left hand, and a painful and swollen
left leg. His job required for him to work at
a computer for many hours over the past 25 years.
While this patient assumed that his computer work
was to blame for his symptoms, he underwent an
upper cervical exam. A neck injury was found so
he began upper cervical care.
only a few short weeks of care, his leg pain healed
so he was able to resume long walks after work.
Also, his arm tingling stopped and his neck pain
healed. He was symptom-free in just a few short
weeks after suffering with pain for many years.
Age 25, Neck Pain, Headaches, Numbness in Hands,
After an auto-accident, this 25-year-old male
experienced spinal pain, fatigue, restlessness,
headaches, and numbness in both hands for 6 months.
An evaluation revealed an injury in his upper
neck, most likely caused by his accident.
the first adjustment, his symptoms improved substantially.
One month later, all of his symptoms were completely
gone. Eighteen months later, his symptoms remained
*** TESTIMONIAL ***
would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr.
Elster for her outstanding chiropractic care.
I had been suffering for 6 months from chronic
fatigue, restlessness, numbness of fingers and
hands, neck pain, and headaches after a car accident.
Upon referral from my girlfriend, I decided to
set all skepticism aside and visit Dr. Elster's
office. Even though Dr. Elster noted my skepticism
right away, she continued to explain the possibilities
available for me. I do have to admit that I did
not believe that her care would help to relieve
my numerous symptoms. After she explained the
reasons for my discomfort through x-rays, experience,
and acquired knowledge, I agreed to treatment.
The treatment itself was comfortable and I could
see positive results within a short period of
time. The only thing I still don't believe about
Dr. Elster's treatment is that all of my symptoms
had nearly disappeared within one week -- after
only ONE adjustment! My only regret is that I
did not seek Dr. Elster's help sooner. I would
highly recommend her services to anyone. Thank
you very much, Dr. Elster!" Dennis,
age 25, December '97
Age 48, Numbness, Pain, and Tingling down Extremities
48-year-old female experienced neck pain, numbness
and tingling down her arms and legs, and headaches,
following an auto accident 10 years previously.
An upper cervical chiropractic evaluation revealed
an injury at the upper neck level that most likely
was caused by her accident.
the first adjustment, she reported that all of
her tingling and numbness was absent. A few adjustments
later, she was pain and symptom free. Her symptoms
remained absent years later.