A Carpal Tunnel Detour Can Derail Your Career? – Don’t let it happen to you.
Professional hit many obstacles and detours on the path to success. Character in any profession and career path is cultivated by the individual and coping skills developed in the way a person deals with those detours and setbacks if life and in their career path.
Do obstacles in the path derail you?
Do you give up on your goal or dream?
Do you have to shift to another track or path to achieve your ultimate goals?
Do you take a detour on the path to greatness?
Whether you are rock climbing, playing baseball or seeking to excel at playing a musical instrument or seeking to master website design, you become more accomplished and resilient as you successfully learn to deal with setbacks and obstacles in your path.
People who are obsessive at their passions and goals almost always hit road blocks. It is just the way life is.
If you are protected too much from adversity, you never developed the skills need to overcome such obstacles.
One obstacle driven performers in all walks of life often encounter that they feel is unfair, is physical limitations or health issues. There are not many players that are 5 foot 9 inches who make it in the National Basketball Association. However, a certain little man named Isaiah Thomas has recently proven that a person can, not only make it at this height, but actually become one of the dominate offensive players in the NBA.
Health Issues can be more devastating. Many people, with the obsession to excel, end up confronting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The more they work at their profession, the worse their Carpal Tunnel Symptoms become.
These driven individuals find themselves dropping tools in an important procedure. They start to lose hand muscle and grip strength. They also lose fine motor function with their hands and fingers. They report that they can hold on to large objects, but have pain when trying to grip a small instrument.
Some great examples of this can be easily illustrated with musicians, a group of people we can all identify with. A drummer for instance that can hold a water bottle and squeeze it while working out in the gym, but every time he picks up a drum stick his hands ache with pain and he has difficulty manipulating the drum stick to play the drum at all – Let alone have the ability to rapidly pound it on a drum at highly accelerated pace as is required in most musical performances.
Another example is a pianist that can use her hands normally for washing the dishes, but cannot articulate a syncopated chord sequence on the piano and garbles it with clumsy slow fingers.
For a perfectionist who performs at the highest level, this can be extremely frustrating to lose control and articulation at something that you have become very good at doing and depend on for your enjoyment or your earning power.
Another example is a Website Designer who needs to work at high speed on a mouse and keyboard to orchestrate her magic on the internet with video, photos and creative use of text and graphics making infographics. If you lose speed and make mistakes due to lack of articulation or make too many errors, it can cost you productivity which is your competitive advantage.
There are so many people dealing with detours in life, there is even a television series now called “Detour”.
Detours can turn your life upside down.
So, what can be done about a Carpal Tunnel Detour?
Should you change careers and have a surgical procedure as some surgeons suggest?
CTS comes back even after a successful surgical procedure for over 85% of people. According to patients only about 60% of first surgical procedures are successful.
Second Surgeries for Carpal Tunnel have a success rate 20 percent lower than the first attempt at a surgical fix due to the formation of scar tissue in the first attempt.
Third surgeries to fix Carpal Tunnel are strongly discouraged due to excessive scar tissue formation in the first two surgeries and even lower success rates.
Should you lose hope, despair or sink into a depression due to this poor prognosis with Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
Definitely Not! There are better options than repeat surgical procedures.
You will likely enjoy what one New Yorker recently retorted:
“Seriously, Changing careers because of CTS? – Yeah Right!”
“Doc, why don’t you change careers? It is not that easy when you have spent your adult life becoming really good at something that you love to do.”
A Surgeon should understand that mentally, after all the training they have received to become proficient at surgery.
In fact, surgeons of all kinds, especially orthopedic surgeons have a high incidence of CTS due to the intricate work they perform with small instruments like a scalpel in their daily grind. They, of all people, should be empathetic toward a patient’s point of view on this subject.
Since a path with repeat Carpal Tunnel Surgeries represents such a difficult journey, there must be a better approach. Right?
Fortunately, the answer is a resounding yes! There is a better treatment method