The early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are easy to ignore, but without treatment, the condition progresses to the point where you can’t continue doing your job or enjoying your usual activities. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Paul Tortland, DO, and Jeffrey LaVallee , MD, at The New England Stem Cell Institute have an exceptional treatment alternative called “nerve hydrodissection.” This painless in-office injection procedure frees up the trapped and pinched nerve, speeds up healing, and helps you avoid surgery. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Glastonbury, Connecticut, or use the online booking feature today.
The Median Nerve is one of the three main nerves than run down the arm. It comes down the front of the elbow and forearm and goes into the wrist and palm. But to get past the bones in your wrist it passes through a special canal, the Carpal Tunnel.
The nerve shares the carpal tunnel with the tendons that flex the fingers. When any of the soft tissues inside the tunnel become inflamed, the nerve gets compressed or pinched, and then it gets irritated or inflamed. This results in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most often is caused by:
You’re also more likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you have arthritis, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder.
The first symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is typically numbness and tingling in the palmar aspect of your thumb, index and middle fingers. In some cases, the tingling sensations can radiate from your wrist into those fingers. It NEVER involves the pinky or the back of the hand.
You could also feel wrist pain and develop hand weakness that’s severe enough to make you drop objects. Some patients have the sensation that their fingers are swollen even when they’re not.
The classic treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include wearing a brace, taking anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes getting cortisone shots. If these measures fail to relieve the problem, most doctors will recommend surgery.
The doctors at the New England Stem Cell Institute take another approach that can help you avoid uncomfortable braces and surgery. They treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with a simple--and painless-- in-office procedure called “nerve hydrodissection.”
During nerve hydrodissection, they mix an IV fluid containing dextrose (a sugar) and water with a small amount of Novocaine™ (procaine). Then your doctor uses ultrasound to precisely inject the mixture around the median nerve.
The fluid decompresses the pinched nerve by freeing it from the surrounding tissues. The sugar in the solution triggers a healing response that helps repair soft tissue damage and reduces inflammation in the nerve.
In advanced cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor at New England Stem Cell Institute can add platelet-rich plasma or other orthobiologics containing growth factors to the injection to improve healing.
Getting early treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Call the New England Stem Cell Institute to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.