Carpal Tunnel Relief Options

Just some Carpal Tunnel relief options form Divine Providence Home Health Services………….

If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, there is relief in your future with a fairly new, noninvasive treatment, Anodyne Therapy.  It is extremely important to understand the formation of the syndrome before treatment measures can take place.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a collective name for distinct sensations, commonly, numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand/hands.

These sensations are caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve runs the length of the arm, passes through the wrist, and ends at the hand.  It controls movement and sensation in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

* Numbness or tingling in one or both hands

* Pain in one or both hands

* Noticeable weakness in one or both hands

* Both hands feel numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in both hands, but one hand shows distinctly more discomfort than the other.

* Difficulty grasping small objects, opening jars, or turning doorknobs.

* Pain severity to where you are awakened from sleep at night.Carpal Tunnel Relief

* Difficulty driving due to pain and numbness while grasping steering wheel.

Getting Diagnosed

The actual diagnosis is based on the collection of symptoms you’ve read above.   Examination of the neck, shoulder, elbow, pulses, and reflexes can be performed to exclude other conditions that can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. An examination of the wrist will reveal swelling, tenderness, and warmth. Sometimes tapping the front of the wrist can reproduce tingling of the hand, and is referred to as Tinel’s Sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Another test, the Phalen’s Maneuver is completed when the examiner bends the wrist forward, and an immediate onset of the collective sensations will be revealed.

The diagnosis is intensely implied when a Nerve Conduction Velocity Test is abnormal. This test involves measuring the rate of speed of electrical impulses as they travel down a nerve. In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the impulse slows as it crosses through the carpal tunnel. A test of muscles of the extremity, electromyogram (EMG), is sometimes performed to both eliminate and/or expose other conditions that may mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Blood tests may be performed to identify medical conditions associated with the syndrome. These tests include thyroid hormone levels, complete blood counts, blood sugar, and protein analysis. Images of the wrist may be taken by X-RAY to check for possible anomalies.

Treatment

Over the last several years, distinct methods have been used in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Depending on the severity of the syndrome (mild, moderate, or severe) the symptoms can, at times, be relieved without aggression.

* Evaluating any other medical problems that might contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and changing your treatment for those if this is needed.

* Changing or avoiding activities that may be symptomatic as well as taking frequent bouts of rest while participating in repetitive activity.

* Wearing a wrist splint to keep your wrist straight can help alleviate pain and while worn at night, the splint aids in sleep comfort.

* Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Although studies have not shown NSAIDs to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome, they may help reduce your indicators.

* Surgery is the last option of relief.

Light Therapy

Anodyne Therapy is a trade-name of infrared light therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Therapists use the method of treatment to increase circulation in a specific body area (wrist) and to reduce pain and inflammation. Some health-care professionals treat carpal tunnel syndrome with anodyne therapy, even though light therapies are fairly new to medicine.

Anodyne therapy works by directing heat into the affected body area and increasing a local release of nitric oxide. The boost in nitric oxide increases circulation in wrist area, reduces pain and inflammation, helps in the formation of new blood vessels, and in the synthesis of collagen.

The therapy uses a specific wavelength of near-infrared light energy for best results.  Anodyne Therapy has proven to reduce uncomfortable symptoms after the first session, and in the norm, all symptoms are strongly lessened or alleviated altogether in less than twelve sessions of infrared therapy.  This method of treatment can be utilized in a clinic or in a homecare setting by a medical professional.

Neuroprobe 500 Pro Infrared and Electrical Stimulation is also a more recent treatment of the sensation of numbness, weakness, tingling, and pain.  Similar to Anodyne Therapy, the Neuroprobe 500 consecutively delivers infrared therapy and electrical stimulation to the troublesome area.

The system features pre-programmed, evidence-based procedures for Trigger Point Stimulation, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Interferential Current Therapy.  In addition, it offers innovative treatment protocols for Sequential Motor-Sensory stimulation and Nerve Block stimulation that produces a direct anesthetic effect to relieve pain associated with wounds or trauma. In a nutshell, the Neuroprobe 500 is a complete pain management workstation. Divine Providence Home Health Services carry Both Anodyne Therapy and the Neuroprobe 500 and we are the only Health Care Agency certified with either devices in the Chicago area.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful, bothersome syndrome that disrupts daily life.  However, there are many treatment options available for those that suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms that go hand-in-hand with the syndrome.  The options are numerous…discover the best option for you or your loved one.

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