Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve is one of the major nerves in the arm and the only one that passes through the carpal tunnel. Pressure on the median nerve as it traverses the carpal tunnel results in numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the affected hand and wrist. Frequently the result of overuse from activities such as typing on a computer keyboard or repeatedly using certain tools on the job, treatment options range from lifestyle modification to medication and surgery. Low level laser is an effective alternative offering pain relief while encouraging the body’s natural healing process.
Low level laser therapy – offering relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome.
LLLT works by enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to restore normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, pain relief is possible.
A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving pain, a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the best results.
Safe and very effective in treating pain, low level laser helps you get back in action, faster.
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Clinically proven results
- Safe to use immediately after an injury
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are several different factors that put a person at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, the most common of which is overuse of the hands and wrists, especially activities in which the hand remains below wrist level. In general, anything that irritates, compresses, or pushes upon the median nerve will lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome is more common in women, perhaps on account of a narrower carpal tunnel. Some of the most common causes of this syndrome include:
- Repeated hand movement (e.g., assembly line work, use of vibrating tools, typing)
- Conditions such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and menopause
- Injury to the wrist resulting in swelling which makes the carpal tunnel narrower
- Wrist fracture leading to irritation of the nerve and narrowing of the carpal tunnel
- Pregnancy due to building up of fluid in the tissues of the wrist
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The classic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling and numbness that comes and goes and is characteristically noticeable at nighttime. Common symptoms associated with the condition include:
- Numbness, tingling and pain
- Waking up from sleep due to discomfort in the area
- Weakness with a tendency to drop objects
- Symptoms are present while holding a phone, newspaper, or steering wheel
- Symptoms are present in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers (leaving out the little finger)
- Symptoms may extend from the wrist to the elbow
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
Mild symptoms can usually be treated with lifestyle modifications and home remedies. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible to prevent permanent nerve damage. Most treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome are conservative measures.
- Discontinuing provoking activities if possible
- Taking frequent breaks and resting the wrist in between activity
- Keeping the wrist in a neutral position and typing with the wrists straight (hands higher than wrists and shoulders relaxed)
- Switching hands if possible
- Stretching the palms and fingers
- Icing the wrist with a cold pack for 10-15 minutes once or twice every hour
- Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling
- Wrist splint at night to take the pressure off the median nerve
- Avoiding sleeping on the hands to prevent exacerbation of numbness
- Corticosteroid injections to the wrist to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation
- Surgery (endoscopic or open) as a last resort
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome .
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option.
Why not try laser therapy for relief from the pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice.