Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What is it?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of pressure on the median nerve as it crosses through the carpal tunnel, which is located at the front of the wrist. At Avalon Laser Health, the large majority of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome have acquired the problem as a result of repetitive activities involving the hand and wrist while in long periods of sitting. This is why long hours at a computer is a high risk activity.
What does it feel like?
If you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you might experience pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness of the thumb side of your hand.
How is it usually treated?
Often, carpal tunnel is treated by surgery– sometimes before other therapies and measures are attempted. Many believe this is an abuse of our overtaxed health system. It risks post-surgical complications, is very expensive, and ignores associated postural factors. Office workers often complain about issues with their joints caused by the repetitive nature of keyboarding. Their posture and movements often cause pain to the hand or complicate the pain, regardless of whether the median nerve is actually compressed in the carpal tunnel.
How does Avalon Laser Health’s treatment differ?
At our clinic, we use low intensity laser to relieve carpal tunnel pain. A 1995 General Motors study demonstrated the efficacy of laser therapy in improving grip strength and restoring median nerve conductivity. These results are replicated in BioFlex clinics across North America.
Treatments average at 12 sessions over 10 weeks. More frequent treatments are likely at the beginning of the plan. Often, laser therapy is continued for 4 to 6 weeks after the pain has subsided. By the end of the plan, treatments will happen at a much reduced frequency — usually once every other week. and these results are replicated in BioFlex clinics all across North America. Average number of treatments required is 12 sessions over 10 weeks, with more frequent treatment at the front end of the treatment plan. Laser is often continued for 4 to 6 weeks after pain has subsided, at a much reduced frequency, at the end of the program once every other week.
Once the pain and inflammation associated with carpal tunnel are reduced by about 50% postural re-education and exercise therapy are incorporated into your treatment plan to correct the source of the condition and to prevent re-injury. The combined treatment, laser plus exercise therapy is a powerful one!
We know how carpel syndrome affects your work and your lifestyle, and have the tools and the expertise to help. If you have any questions, reach out… book a free 15 minute telephone consult with one of our physiotherapists. Get your questions answered and trust that we are here to help you get healthy and mobile again.
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