Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects almost 10 million U.S. residents today, a figure that grows larger each passing year.
Among employees who use a computer in their jobs, almost one-quarter develop CTS. Older people and women are significantly more likely to develop this painful and debilitating neurological disorder.
Treatment for CTS has long been limited to modifying work habits, using anti-inflammatory medications and having surgery. Today, however, carpal tunnel laser therapy provides a painless, noninvasive and highly effective way to treat CTS.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CTS is a form of peripheral neuropathy related to the median nerve of the wrist. This nerve, which provides signals to the majority of the hand and wrist, passes through a small, bony structure at the base of the hand — the carpal tunnel.
If the nerve or any related tendons becomes inflamed, they swell inside the tunnel. This impinges (pinches) the nerve, causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the wrist, hand and fingers.
As the condition progresses, the muscles begin to waste away and the hands become progressively weaker. Movement becomes more difficult and the pain becomes debilitating, even causing sleep disturbances.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Heredity is one of the most common factors in the development of CTS, although performing fast, repetitive motions and overusing your hands typically activate the symptoms. Patients are much more likely to develop this condition in their dominant hand first, although most people who develop CTS in one hand eventually experience the condition bilaterally.
Other risk factors include diabetes, arthritis and joint problems, hypothyroidism and edema. Women between the ages of 44 and 64 are almost six times more likely to develop CTS than women under 30. Women are twice as likely as men to develop CTS.
Laser Therapy for Carpal Tunnel
Laser therapy has been demonstrated in the research to be just as effective as surgery in relieving CTS. However, this revolutionary treatment is safe, painless and has virtually no risk of complications.
Surgery requires cutting ligaments in the hand to release pressure on the median nerve. The procedure is not successful for all patients and poses a risk of complications, including infection, permanent nerve damage, stiffness, scarring and pain. After surgery, patients are unable to use their hand for a period of days or weeks, and total healing takes months.
A long-term loss of strength is common after CTS surgery and less than half of patients report a full recovery.
Laser therapy offers a highly desirable alternative to traditional treatments for CTS disorders, with no medication, no cutting and no side effects.
Based in Draper, Wexford, Wexford Laser Therapy provides therapeutic treatment for a variety of injuries and chronic conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia. Contact us today to learn more about laser therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome.