Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesia, numbness, and muscle weakness in the hand.
Many people who have carpal tunnel syndrome have gradually increasing symptoms over time. The first symptom of CTS may appear when sleeping, and typically include numbness and paresthesia (a burning and tingling sensation) in the thumb, index and middle fingers, although some patients may experience symptoms in the palm as well. These symptoms appear at night because people tend to bend their wrists when they sleep, which further compresses the carpal tunnel. Patients may note that they “drop things”.
In early stages of CTS, individuals often mistakenly blame the tingling and numbness on restricted blood circulation. They may also be at ease and accepting of the symptoms and believe their hands are “falling asleep”. In chronic cases there may be wasting of muscles, and difficulty bringing the thumb away from the hand.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
BioFlex Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) can effectively treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment pads are wrapped around the wrist so that light energy is absorbed by the cells within both the tissues and nerves of the wrist. This promotes healing of the tissues and reduces inflammation around the median nerve, relieving compression of the nerve. A full course of treatment can restore range of motion, mobility of the wrist and hand, and grip strength while eliminating the pain, tingling and numbness associated with this condition.
For patients scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery – non-surgical laser therapy treatments can at times eliminate the need for this surgery. Alternately, we have worked co-operatively to provide laser therapy treatments prior to surgery in order to create healthier tissue and better surgical results, while laser therapy treatments following surgery will minimize the production of scar tissue, speed healing of the surgical site and surrounding tissues, and generally result in a better post surgical outcome and restoration of normal function. Dr. Wayne is happy to consult with your surgical team to discuss this approach to your care.
Kelowna Laser Therapy Success Story
“My hand was in pain. I would drop things and couldn’t sleep all night without waking up with pain. It started 20 years ago and it got worse as the years went by till the last couple of years it got worst. I couldn’t hold a pen to write my name. After 10 treatments I cancelled my surgery that I was to have on my hand. I have no pain. I can sleep all night without pain. Also, I am an active person that wants to go all the time. I quilt, sew and volunteer again. This has improved my life! I didn’t want to be cut up again… had too many surgeries in my life… it’s a long time to heal. Carpal Tunnel Laser Therapy is much better!”
A.S. – treated at Kelowna Laser Therapy
Clinical Research on Laser Therapy for Carpal Tunnel:
“72% return to work rate” Low Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (conducted at General Motors) – Anderson et al. (1995) Lasermedics.
Laser therapy is the safe and clinically proven effective treatment of choice for patients of any age – child to senior. This painless therapy is non-invasive, non-surgical and has no side effects.