Non-Surgical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a very painful condition characterized by hand and wrist pain, tingling and numbness in the hand, as well as weakness in the hand.  The condition is caused by a compression of the median nerve at the wrist and is a progressive condition, with the symptoms getting worse over time.  In addition to being painful, it greatly impacts a person’s ability to use the hand in a normal fashion, especially as the condition progresses.  Traditionally the condition affected people that typed on a computer keyboard all day, but it can affect anyone engaged in repetitive wrist and hand movements.

There are a number of non-surgical treatments available to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy and carpal tunnel injections.  Acupuncture, massage therapy and physical therapy are moderately successful in relieving the pain and other symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, especially at the outset of the condition.  As the condition progresses, these treatments are often not as effective, resulting in a more advanced non-surgical treatment know as carpal tunnel injections.

Carpal tunnel injections are the most successful of the advanced interventional techniques being used today.  The injection is performed using a state-of-the-art C Arm GE 9900 Elite Fluoroscope, with a laser guidance system.  This allows the physician to safely guide the needle into the exact spot at the median nerve in the wrist, in real time.  Once in place, a local anesthesia and an anti-inflammatory steroid medication are injected.  This cocktail of medications reduces the inflammation and pain and results in long-term relief from the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, without surgical intervention.

Posted on behalf of Armin Oskouei

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