Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition that affects the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve, one of the major nerves that run from the forearm to the palm, becomes compressed at the wrist. Our patients in our Miami pain clinic often suffer from numbness and pain in the affected hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome in a nutshell
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist. It is made up of bones and ligaments that contains tendons and the median nerve.
The median nerve is responsible for the sensations you feel on your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. It also controls some of the muscles at the base of the thumb. When the lining of the tendons in the carpal tunnel becomes irritated and swollen, this results in narrowing of the tunnel and compression of the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly affects adults. In fact, 3-6% of the adult population is afflicted with the condition. Women have smaller carpal tunnels than men. For this reason, women are more commonly affected than men. Repetitive use of the hand is a major risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome, so, the signs and symptoms commonly manifest first in the dominant hand. People with diabetes, thyroid gland disorders, and arthritis are also more susceptible to this health condition.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome manifest gradually. These may include:
- Tingling, numbness, pressure, pain, and burning sensation in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. These sensations may radiate to the forearms and shoulder.
- Feeling weak and clumsy in the affected hand resulting in dropping things.
- Difficulty performing fine motor movements.
- Loss of proprioception, or the awareness of the position and movement of the body.
Prolotherapy for carpal tunnel syndrome
Research has shown that prolotherapy has resulted in a significant improvement in wrist pain and function to patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Our pain management in Miami clinic offers prolotherapy as a non-surgical treatment option for patients who suffer from chronic pain.
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for chronic pain in the joints. Also known as regenerative injection therapy, it stimulates the body’s own natural healing processes to repair injured soft tissues and generate new cells and fibers. It stimulates the healing of the affected joints, cartilage, or ligaments in the wrist, thereby treating the source of pain.
Learn more about GenLife Miami Pain Clinic
At our Miami pain clinic, prior to beginning treatment, your signs and symptoms are thoroughly evaluated to gather an accurate assessment and an objective measurement of your medical needs. Objective measurements allow us a better understanding of the unique attributes of the pain, which our patients are experiencing.
When looking for pain management in Miami, there are several options – both surgical and non-surgical. As a pain management doctor in Miami who believes that surgery should be the last resort, Dr. Mahl utilizes a range of non-surgical treatment options. Aside from Prolotherapy, the following forms of pain management treatment are also provided on-site at our Pain Management Clinic in Miami:
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Stem Cell Therapy
If you would like more information about prolotherapy and other non-surgical treatment options for pain management, please Contact Us.
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