Carpal Tunnel and Cold Laser
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand including thumb, index finger and middle finger. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. The area in your wrist where the median never enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow and any swelling can pinch the nerve causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
For many people living with painful carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, cold laser therapy provides exceptional relief. In cold laser treatment, a low level laser is used to deliver light energy deep into the tissue of the wrist and forearm to stimulate cell growth and reduce the swelling that is typical of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The laser targets the lymphatic system and blood vessels to decrease inflammation and swelling. As the laser therapy reduces swelling it enhances movement and reduces the nerve irritation leading to less pain, numbness, and improved strength.
-Written by Dr. Conrad Vaughan, DC