Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Prolotherapy Treatments
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and arm. While anyone can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, some people have a higher risk for developing the condition than do others. Symptoms of carpal tunnel can be quite disabling, preventing sufferers from working, taking care of household chores, or engaging in their favorite hobbies. Fortunately, doctors can accurately diagnose carpal tunnel and relieve its symptoms through a variety of advanced treatment options.
How Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve provides feeling and movement to the palm side of the thumb and first three fingers. This nerve runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand through a rigid passageway of ligaments and bones at the wrist, known as the carpal tunnel.
Sometimes irritation of ligaments, tendons, and other structures in and near the carpal tunnel swell and press on the median nerve. This pressure causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the hand and wrist, and sometimes extending up the arm.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome generally start gradually and often appear at night. As the condition progresses, symptoms begin to occur later in the day and may make it difficult for the sufferer to make a fist, grasp small objects, and perform other manual tasks requiring dexterity of the hands.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent permanent damage to the median nerve. Physicians use comprehensive evaluation and examination along with specific tests to diagnose this condition.
Treatment should begin as soon as possible. Early treatment usually includes resting the affected hand, immobilization of the wrist, and avoiding repetitive motions. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduce swelling and ease pain. Medications taken by mouth or administered by injection into the carpal tunnel can relieve pressure on the median nerve.
Prolotherapy effectively treats carpal tunnel syndrome in cases where weak ligaments cause symptoms. Prolotherapy treatment involves the injection of an irritant solution into the affected ligament or tendon to cause a mild and controlled injury, which then stimulates the body’s own healing powers.
If you are suffering from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, talk with Dr. Kerendian to learn more about treatment for this common hand and wrist problem.