Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Regenerative Medicine
Every year, an estimated 450,000 carpal tunnel release surgeries are performed in the United States to relieve the painful symptoms of a nerve condition called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Roughly five percent of the working population and one percent of the general public develop CTS as a result of repetitive wrist movements or placing excessive pressure on the wrist area. CTS is particularly common among women between 30 and 60 years of age and can affect a broad range of individuals, from professional athletes and weekend warriors to the average office worker.
Fortunately, regenerative medicine has increasingly been used to help treat patients for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome that have seen limited or no results from conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy; and even as a supplement or alternative to surgery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression on the median nerve between the thumb and the wrist, causing numbness, pain, tingling, weakness, and possible mobility problems in the affected hand. The carpal tunnel is the passageway that protects the median nerve as it runs through the wrist and connects to the tendons that control movement of the fingers. When the tunnel becomes inflamed or swollen either through injury, a repetitive strain injury, or genetic factors, it pinches the nerve and results in painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms.
When treated early, many cases of carpal tunnel may respond to conservative treatments like rest and medication. More advanced or severe cases are treated with wrist splinting and/or carpal tunnel release surgery, in which the transverse carpal ligament is cut in order to provide more room for the nerve.
Using growth factors from a concentrated solution of a patient’s own platelets, orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Meier at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine can treat the nerve with a platelet rich plasma injection instead of cutting the ligament, for a minimally invasive alternative to potential surgical complications down the road, such as wrist weakness and arthritis. Using growth factors to help relieve a compressed median nerve can potentially aid with healing of scar tissue, and enhance the blood supply surrounding the nerve for more effective healing.
Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Treatments in Beverly Hills
To learn more about how treating carpal tunnel syndrome with platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy treatments can help you, contact Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine expert Dr. Steven Meier at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine today at 310-736-2793 to request a consultation.
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