Chiropractor Chandler AZ
Low-level laser therapy, or cold laser therapy, treatments have a tremendous therapeutic benefit in decreasing pain. Low-level laser therapies have also been shown to decrease inflammation in the cells and tissues. In addition, specific wavelengths and frequencies enhance cellular repair and healing. Both of these applications are very helpful in decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of the compression or entrapment of the median nerve. The median nerve travels down the arm, across the inside of the elbow, and towards the front of the hand. At the wrist the median nerve cuts through the carpal tunnel, which is formed by the carpal bones (wrist bones) and transverse carpal ligament. Together these structures form the carpal tunnel in which multiple tendons, arteries, veins, nerves, and tissues transverse. Irritation to any of these tissues can cause swelling. As the swelling and fluid increases it accumulates in the carpal tunnel. Since the carpal tunnel cannot expand, the excessive amounts of fluid compress the softest tissue, which happens to be the median nerve. Compression of the median nerve results in pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the thumb and next to fingers.
There are multiple treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, including pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Cortisone injections can be used to decrease the pain and inflammation in the carpal tunnel. Home and work activity changes are also recommended to reduce the stress and strain on the wrist and forearm muscles. Decreased activity allows the wrist tissues to repair and heal. Conservative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome also involves physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments.
Massage therapy can be utilized on the wrist flexors and extensor muscles. By decreasing muscle spasms, there is less tension and strain placed across the tendons and carpal joints. Loosening up the forearm allows greater wrist carpal movement and helps decrease accumulated fluid within the carpal tunnel.
Physical therapy treatments of heat, ice, electric, ultrasound, stretching, Graston Technique, ASTYM, IASTYM, and light exercise promote healing in the wrist and forearm. Braces and taping are commonly used to further reduce the strain placed across the wrist.
Low-level laser therapy it is one of the newer treatments for decreasing pain and inflammation in the carpal tunnel. Specific wavelengths and frequencies of energy decrease inflammatory molecules that promote swelling and fluid accumulation. Another benefit of cold laser therapy is its effect on nervous tissue. Specific wavelengths enhance nervous tissue repair and regeneration.
The median nerve is often damaged during its compression in the carpal tunnel. Nerves are very slow to heal and repair.Low-level laser therapy enhances the cellular processes and mechanisms, accelerating nervous tissue regeneration.
Low-level laser therapy can be performed by itself or in conjunction with traditional conservative treatments for carpal tunnel. These treatments are complementary to each other to help speed your recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome and reduce the numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hands.