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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Get Carpal Tunnel Relief Without Drugs or Surgery!
Do you feel numbness or tingling in your hand? Is it getting harder and harder to grip objects? Chances are it is carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve, one of the major nerves that travels from your neck down to your hand. The nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, a very narrow passageway in the wrist. The tunnel narrows when tissues surrounding the passageway swell and crowds the median nerve.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel include:
- Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain in hand – primarily in the area between the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
- A shock-like sensation that radiates to the fingers
- Pain or tingling that may travel up toward the shoulder
- Weakness or clumsiness in hand, which can cause everyday tasks to be difficult, such as buttoning your shirt or dropping things
A combination of many factors can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, such as:
Repetitive hand use: Repeated use of the same hand and wrist motions or activities over a prolonged period can cause swelling of the tissue.
Hand and wrist position: Constant activities that involve flexion or extension of your hand and wrist increase pressure on the nerve.
Health issues: Certain conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, hypothyroidism, and diabetes, can cause swelling in your wrist.
Pregnancy: Hormonal changes in pregnancy can lead to swelling.
Traditional Carpal Tunnel Treatment
Carpal tunnel symptoms gradually increase over time. They may come and go at first; but once the condition worsens, the symptoms become more frequent and can last for a more extended period. You will find your grip strength to weaken because the muscles in your hand have shrunk. Pain will have increased, you may lose feeling in your fingers, and you can lose the ability to pinch with your thumb. You could wind up with permanent muscle damage and lose the function of your hand.
Traditional treatment includes:
- A change in lifestyle. You can make changes in your daily activities, which involves taking more breaks and doing less of the action that’s causing the pain. Strengthening exercises could help.
- Immobilization. A splint on your wrist can keep your wrist from moving, lessening the pressure on the nerves and allow the median nerve to rest.
- Medication. Steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the swelling.
- Surgery. When all else fails, surgery may be required.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, only 23 percent of all carpal tunnel syndrome patients were able to return to their previous professions following surgery. But there’s a better way.
How Regenerative Medicine Can Help
At Northeast Knee & Joint Institute, we offer an alternative, natural method to easing your carpal tunnel pain. By using platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapies, we use the body’s own natural ability to repair the injury, restore the tissue, and maintain healthy function. Our techniques can expedite the healing process, resulting in not only a quicker recovery time but a better result than surgery or drugs.
To learn more about our carpal tunnel treatment, contact either our Williamsport or Dallas, PA offices to schedule a no-obligation, free consult with our physician now! Medicare and most insurances are accepted.