Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Understanding Carpal Tunnel SyndromeWhat is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
It is a disorder that can potentially affect many people because of the demands placed on their hands throughout life. The causes are varied and may include the following: Occupational factors that seem to contribute to the onset of carpal tunnel include repetitive finger use associated with high force, long duration, and extremes of wrist motion and vibration. Computer keyboard use is a factor, however, it is not solely responsible for the onset of carpal tunnel as once believed.

We often hear people complaining about carpal tunnel pain in  their wrist yet not really knowing a lot about what it is or what the causes are. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems and possibly patterns of hand use.

Bound by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway about as big around as your thumb located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. Compression of the nerve produces the numbness, pain and, eventually, hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome. For those who have experienced some sort of a pinched nerving their lifetime will be able to better relate to the pain those suffering with carpal tunnel experience daily.

There are many different treatment options for carpal tunnel. Treatment options for those with carpal tunnel syndrome depend upon the severity of each case. Regardless, the main objective is to relieve the pressure within the carpal tunnel. It all comes down to making more room for the nerve.

Options range from unproven theories to tested therapies such as braces, medication, and surgical correction. Laser Therapy can also be an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome when the compression is caused by swelling and inflammation.

Dr. Bob Ziegenfuss and Dr. Gianetti at College Parkway Health Center in Ft. Myers  offers  their patients chiropractic care and advanced pain relief therapies. They also offer laser therapy which is the most technologically and powerful deep tissue laser treatment available to patients. So you might ask where does laser therapy fit into the program of treating carpal tunnel? It provides you with a safe and effective option to treat your pain and inflammation. In  most cases, just 4 to 6 weeks with this powerful laser is all it takes to realize life-changing results.

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no known side effects or risks that may occur with other forms of treatment. In addition, it can often achieve results faster than other treatment. During the treatment you will feel a deep soothing warmth. This pleasant sensation reassures that the laser is stimulating cellular activity and helping you heal faster.

A treatment like laser therapy which is available and has no proven side effects, drug interaction effects, or invasive surgery  is a great option for those who suffer with the pain associated with carpal tunnel. It treats acute and chronic conditions as well as post surgical pain. Pain relief is felt immediately. Most treatments take only 10 minutes or less.” Our ultimate goal is not to just treat the symptoms, but to address the problem causing the symptoms” Dr. Ziegenfuss stated.

Be it from an auto accident or a sports injury. or a work related injury our staff has years of expertise in dealing with the unique needs of each patient as well as their pain.

Laser therapy treats the site of pain, but also treats the underlying source of movement dysfunction.  What has made the laser therapy so effective in treating carpal tunnel is that the application of this therapy aids in nerve regeneration and repair. No other therapy does that.

If you or someone you know is suffering from carpal tunnel note that there are safe and effective forms of treatment available to you. You do not have to suffer any longer call today and set up your consultation with Dr. Ziegenfuss and his staff today and say goodbye to your pain.

College Parkway Health Center
239-437-4000

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