Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMT)  |   November 2020
Osteopathic Approach to Treatment of Carpal Dysfunction: The Carpal Mobilization Technique
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  • From the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by Des Moines University. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Drew D. Lewis, DO, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-4104. Email: drew.d.lewis@dmu.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMT)   |   November 2020
Osteopathic Approach to Treatment of Carpal Dysfunction: The Carpal Mobilization Technique
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2020, Vol. 120, 783-784. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.120
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2020, Vol. 120, 783-784. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.120
Carpal bone motion dysfunction, or pain upon motion or palpation, is a common finding in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Multiple diagnostic and therapeutic techniques can be used to address somatic dysfunction related to CTS. Here, we provide an example of a simple and efficient diagnostic evaluation followed by osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for carpal bone somatic dysfunction (video). 
The classic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are paresthesia, numbness, or burning in the thumb and the lateral 2.5 digits.1 If compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is not alleviated, wasting of the thenar eminence can occur, along with weakness of the thumb. 

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