Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
You’re holding the steering wheel of your car, when suddenly a sharp pain fires through your wrist and forearm. Recently, you had noticed some numbing, tingling, or weakness in your fingers or hand. But this is a new sensation altogether. It could be a onetime event, a sudden cramping. Or it could mean that you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful hand and arm condition caused by the compression of the median nerve inside the wrist. This can happen when the tendons of the fingers or hand become irritated and inflamed. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome often start gradually, but the condition can get progressively worse if left untreated.
But there is no need to suffer. In my practice, I offer an effective program to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This program includes Neural Prolotherapy and Nutritional Supplementation. My therapies go straight to the cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, healing the damage with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Sometimes, repetitive work-related tasks are to blame. Or a pre-existing condition such as rheumatoid arthritis can trigger inflammation and swelling. Often, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops simply because of a person’s anatomy. You might be more prone if you have a smaller-than-average carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is the narrow passageway at the base of the hand that contains ligaments, nerves, and tendons. Sometimes, the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are unknown. Women are three times more likely than men to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
A common first sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a tingling sensation or numbness in your thumb, index, middle, or ring finger. As time goes on, the numbness may become more constant. You might also feel a pain that radiates from the hand or wrist into the palm side of the forearm. Another symptom is a feeling of weakness, or a tendency to drop objects. Sometimes, people notice symptoms when they first wake up in the morning. Often, pain or weakness occurs when they are holding an object such as a phone or newspaper.
Early treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is key, or nerve and muscle damage can occur. Once diagnosis is confirmed, a range of treatment options is available. For less severe cases, rest and the application of a cold pack can be effective. Or a doctor will recommend using a wrist splint to prevent the motions that trigger symptoms. For short-term relief of pain, doctors can prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Corticosteroid injections are used to provide temporary pain relief. The problem with corticosteroid injections is that they do not address Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the root-cause level. This means that while the pain goes away, the issue causing the pain remains. Also, studies suggest that corticosteroid injections may weaken tissue and suppress the body’s ability to heal. Thankfully, more effective therapies are available.
How I Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I have been treating patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome since 1999. My extremely successful regimen is made up of the following treatments:
- Neural Prolotherapy: Neural Prolotherapy is a type of restorative injection that has fantastic healing power. It involves the injection of a dextrose solution, which has a pain-relieving and healing effect. Injections are administered under the skin, where they reach the subcutaneous nerves. With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the injection goes straight to the source of the pain: perineural space – the space around the median nerve inside the wrist. Treatment typically involves few sessions (depending on the speed of response) with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
- Nutritional Supplementation: In order to maximize the results from Neural Prolotherapy, I recommend nutritional supplementation with Magnesium, B Vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that Magnesium can help relieve pain. B Vitamins, particularly B1, B6, and B12, support nerve health. And Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in reducing inflammation in the body. Together, these nutrients can have a powerful protective effect during recovery from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.