Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful wrist and hand condition for which doctors often recommend steroid injections or even surgery. Before taking these steps, try extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) provided by Alton Walters, MD, and his team at Peak Health Group. ESWT is a cutting-edge approach that’s noninvasive, safe, and painless. To find out how ESWT can help relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, contact one of Peak Health Group’s offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, or Las Vegas, Nevada. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder in your wrist. It develops when the large median nerve that runs the length of your arm comes under pressure, causing chronic pain. The pressure occurs where the nerve passes through the bony carpal tunnel.
Typically, thickened ligaments cause the compression of your median nerve. The pain begins as an intense aching in your wrist that, over time, can spread into your hand and farther up your arm. The pain is usually worse at night.
By morning, you’re likely to awake with a loss of feeling followed by a pins-and-needles sensation in your wrist and the thumb side of your hand.
As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, your hand and wrist get weaker, and you might be unable to grip properly.
At an early stage, treatment begins with physical therapy and wearing a splint at night.
For patients who don’t improve using these methods, steroid injections are the next step. Steroids help reduce inflammation, but the injections can be quite uncomfortable.
If nothing else is working, you might need to undergo surgery to cut the ligament (known as carpal tunnel release). However, there’s now an alternative to steroid injections and surgery, called ESWT.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a safe, noninvasive therapy that uses sound energy to help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your provider at Peak Health Group places a probe on the location where the median nerve goes through your wrist. They send a series of shock waves down the probe at intervals. These shock waves may vary in intensity as your treatment progresses.
A typical ESWT program would consist of one treatment session per week for four weeks, although this might be different according to your particular needs.
There are several ways in which ESWT might work to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
ESWT stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the tissues surrounding your median nerve. This reduces inflammation, which relieves pressure on the nerve.
At the same time, higher nitric oxide levels can reduce pain levels. This is in part because of the pain-controlling effect of the chemical on your cell membranes. It’s also due to the way nitric oxide helps the tiny blood vessels in your wrist dilate, improving blood flow to the median nerve.
Clinical studies show that ESWT is an effective way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome and can help you avoid painful injections and surgery on your hand.
Find out more about ESWT and relief for carpal tunnel syndrome by calling Peak Health Group today or booking an appointment online.