Migraine Treatment and Preventing CTS

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May 30, 2015

Your computer workstation may not be the only causal relationship when it comes to your migraine condition and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In fact some recent medical research has linked CTS with Migraines. Treatments like surgery for migraine and CTS are performed to decompress affected nerves. Before resorting to surgical treatment however, there are many less invasive therapies that help alleviate symptoms associated with both conditions that must be exhausted. The Omega migraine procedure for chronic headaches, and physical therapy for CTS are examples of alternative treatments.

CTS is a condition that occurs due to overuse, anatomical design, or primary health issue. It is essentially a pinched nerve in the wrist that causes symptoms such as tingling, numbness and eventual weakness in the hand. Conservative therapies are usually successful at alleviating symptoms and restoring function to the hand. In severe circumstance, surgery may be necessary to relieve nerve impingement.

The recent study comes out of the Department of Plastic Surgery, at the University of Texas at Southwestern, and was published in the open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A report of the study appears on News Medical. Researchers analyzed data from approximately 26,000 adult respondents of a 2010 national health survey. They discovered that among the group with CTS, migraine was also present in 34 percent of the subjects, whereas it was only present in 16 per cent of the subjects without migraine. The relationship worked the other way around also. Among migraine sufferers, 8 per cent also had CTS, whereas among non-migraineurs, only 3 per cent reported CTS.

According to the report, the study’s authors suggest “there is some evidence that migraine headache may be triggered by nerve compression in the head and neck, with some patients responding to nerve decompression by surgical release.” They go on to note that migraine surgery remains controversial. Fortunately, there are less invasive and non-permanent, reversible migraine treatment alternatives to this procedure which involves cutting nerves. The Omega migraine procedure is minimally invasive and uses gentle electrical pulses to block pain signals during a migraine. The authors note that since CTS typically occurs among older people, whereas migraine more often affects younger people, treating migraines might lower future risk for developing CTS. They emphasized the need for future research studies in this area.


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