Prolotherapy treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you know the pain it brings and the frustration when your body doesn't respond to treatment. Prolotherapy may provide the pain relief you are seeking.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that occurs when one of the main nerves to the hand - the median nerve - is squeezed or compressed as it travels through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. When the tunnel becomes narrowed or tissue swells, pressure is put on the median nerve, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist and arm.
Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Repetitive hand use
- Hand and wrist motion
- Health conditions
Common treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone shots, arthroscopy and surgery. If pain continues despite these approaches, prolotherapy is an option that can provide pain relief.
How it works
Prolotherapy corrects the original cause of pain. A solution is injected into the irritated ligament or tendon and causes localized inflammation. As a result of the inflammation, blood supply and the flow of nutrients to the area is increased and stimulates the tissue to repair itself. New collagen, the building block of ligaments and tendons forms and begins to shrink, tightening the area and strengthening the tissue.
The average number of injections needed ranges from four to six, but can be more or less depending on the body's ability to heal itself. Patients who want to pursue prolotherapy must have a strong immune system, maintain a healthy diet, have normal hormone levels and be able to move and exercise.