Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful, and progressive nerve-related disorder of the hand caused by pinching/compression of the median nerve. The median nerve usually gets compressed/pinched as it passes through the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that houses the median nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers. A number of things can cause the carpal tunnel to shrink and get smaller which eventually puts pressure on the median nerve and results in carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment options for CTS range from lifestyle changes to home remedies to medications and surgery. Over the past few years the use of low level laser for carpal tunnel has become popular and has shown remarkable results when it comes to treating the symptoms associated with CTS.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
People who perform jobs or activities that involve repetitive use of fingers, hands, wrist or motion and vibration for a long period of time are at the risk of developing CTS. Other factors that can cause CTS include:
- wrist fracture and dislocation
- older age
- tumor in carpal tunnel
- hand/wrist deformity
Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Initial treatment for CTS usually involves wearing a wrist splint at night, taking rest, avoiding activities that aggravate the pain and using NSAIDs to temporarily reduce swelling and pain associated with CTS. For mild to moderate cases, manual therapy can provide some quick relief. However, for more severe cases, the doctor may suggest surgery.
Low level laser for carpal tunnel
Low level laser therapy also referred to as cold laser therapy is a treatment option for those patients who want pain relief from CTS without taking any medications or going through any surgical procedure. The best thing about LLLT for carpal tunnel is that it is painless, safe, and suitable for all ages.
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