CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Applying much pressure to the carpal tunnel causes the median nerve to become pinched resulting in many problems that are experienced in the wrist and hand including pain, tingling and difficulty functioning. The carpal tunnel is a pathway that runs from the elbow down to the hand. It is located on the inner aspect of your arm and houses a median nerve and many other tendons.
PRP and stem cell therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome
If you have the carpal tunnel syndrome and you do not want to risk the side effects associated with steroid injections or you don’t want to go for surgery, you can visit Troy Physical Medicine. We offer a non-invasive alternative to steroid injections and surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. We will treat all the underlying issues that are causing you pain by utilizing Troy Physical Medicine’s advanced form of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy, plus other regenerative procedures.
We will assess your condition before coming up with the specifics of your treatment. This is because the treatment procedure depends on factors such as your age, health, etc.
Contact us to find out if stem cell therapy and PRP is right for you or to learn more about how these procedures have helped people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
When is PRP and stem cell therapy used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
Temporary carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated using the conservative treatments. But these treatments are sometimes not effective in relieving the pain. Such case may require PRP treatment and stem cell therapy which has been applied successfully in the following cases:
- As non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication especially if the debilitation and pain persist despite the traditional treatments.
- As an alternative to steroid injections. Many patients are not comfortable with the side effects that result from steroid injections.
- As an alternative to surgery. Many doctors recommend endoscopic or open release surgery if the pain lasts more than 6 months. In endoscopic surgery, 2 half-inch incisions are made in the wrist and palm, and a camera attached to a tube is inserted so the surgeon can cut the carpal ligament with precision. In open release surgery, the surgeon makes up to a 2-inch incision in the wrist in order to cut the carpal ligament and enlarge the carpal tunnel. Full recovery from these surgeries takes several months. The risks and side effects include nerve damage, infection, stiffness, and pain around the scar.
Causes and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Any condition that adds pressure to the carpal tunnel can pinch the median nerve and cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Conditions such as repetitive wrist movements and fractures can cause carpal tunnel syndrome because of the resulting pressure due to swelling. Obesity, pregnancy and water retention are some other common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who are born with narrower pathway are more likely to develop carpal tunnel. Other causes include hypothyroidism, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, a tumor or cyst.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Pain that can shoot up from the wrist up the arm, sometimes all the way to the shoulder
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers and hands, especially the thumb
- Feeling as though fingers are swollen, even though no swelling is present
- The hand may lose strength and the individual may develop the tendency to frequently drop objects
- In severe cases, possible loss of sensation of hot or cold in the hands
- Burning, tingling or itching in the palm of the hand
You can relieve carpal tunnel syndrome without steroid injections and surgery
You can contact us to learn more about how these procedures help heal the carpal tunnel syndrome or to find out if stem cell therapy can solve your problem.