Stem cells for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Yes, because it is a common condition that’s most well-known for causing pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand and arm.
The pain caused by the inflammation or irritation of the median nerve and the flexor tendons that are required to bend your thumb and fingers is often a result of carpel tunnel. The numbness as well as the tingling symptoms caused when the compression on the nerve occurs is debilitating.
If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, you’re likely wondering how you got it and what you can do to relieve the nagging, painful symptoms. In this article, we’ll discuss what carpal tunnel is, what the symptoms are, and what your options are when it comes to treatment, particularly stem cell treatment which is quickly rising as one of the most effective, complication-free treatment methods available.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
This condition presents when the median nerve, one of the major nerves in the hand, is compressed as it travels through the wrist. Typically, this condition worsens as time goes on, making early detection, diagnosis, and treatment essential.
The initial stages may produce symptoms that can be relieved simply by wearing a wrist splint or avoiding activities that cause the pain to flare up. However, as the nerve continues to be pinched over time, symptoms will worsen and can even result in detrimental nerve damage.
So, how does this condition occur? Well, it starts when the wrist tunnel narrows, or when the tissues that surround the flexor tendons swell—this results in pressure being placed on the median nerve. These tissues are known as the synovium, and they normally lubricate the tendons which make it easier to move your fingers.
When these tissues swell, they take up space in the carpal tunnel. Over time, the nerves begin to get crowded in there. Due to the crowding, there’s abnormal pressure placed on the nerve that can result in the pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling that are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Are The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Who Does it Affect?
Anyone can suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome; however, statistically women and aging adults are most likely to develop this condition. There are several risk factors associated with carpal tunnel, including;
- Repetitive hand usage: If you repeat the same hand and wrist motions or activities over a prolonged period, it’s possible to aggravate the tendons in the wrist which can cause swelling and pressure on the nerve. Things like typing at a computer or knitting are common culprits.
- Heredity: Unfortunately, your mom may have given you more than her big ears and love for country music; you can also inherit a carpal tunnel that’s smaller than average that can contribute to the pinching of the median nerve.
- Other Health Conditions: If you suffer from any other health conditions like diabetes, thyroid imbalances, and rheumatoid arthritis can all increase your likelihood of developing this condition.
- Pregnancy: One of the many not-so-glamorous perks of pregnancy is the swelling. Hormonal changes that occur in the body during this time contribute to the swelling that can cause you to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Whether you have any of these risk factors or not, there are certain tell-tale symptoms. You’ll likely start to feel a burning, tingling, or itching feeling in your hand and wrist. Some people even describe the sensation as an “itching numbness” that starts in the palm of your hand and/or fingers.
Your first sign of a pinched nerve might be that your fingers “fall asleep” at nighttime. This happens while you sleep because your hand is resting in a relaxed position. That numbness and tingling in your hands may run all the way up to your shoulder by the morning.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’re likely feeling frustrated, confused, and ready to find a solution. Next, we’ll talk about what the treatment options are for those who suffer from carpal tunnel.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment Options
Treatment options for carpal tunnel include:
- Wrist splinting
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Cortisone shots
- Regenerative medicine (stem cell therapy)
Resting your hand is wrist is recommended, however, if you work at a job that requires you to perform activities that flare your condition, resting can be difficult. Up until recently, surgical intervention was seen as the only real cure for carpal tunnel, but like any surgery, it comes with its risks and extensive recovery time.
Surgery is usually recommended for patients who have tried other treatment methods and haven’t found significant relief. Many sufferers are reluctant to resort to surgery as their hand and wrist will be out of commission for weeks, even months which can put a major damper on your life and career.
A Closer Look at Stem Cell Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Stem cell treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome has been researched extensively over the past few years. Scientists have discovered the natural healing powers of regenerative medicine. Both stem cells and platelet-rich plasma have been shown to improve the condition and lessen the symptoms in patients who suffer from the side effects of carpal tunnel.
These treatment methods have little to no side effects and are well tolerated. Harnessing the natural healing power of stem cells to correct and heal the root of the cause may be a great option for you if you’re suffering from carpal tunnel and are frustrated with the inefficiency of other treatment options and unwilling to resort to risky surgery.
As with any treatment protocol, we can’t guarantee that stem cell therapy for carpal tunnel will work for you. It’s important that you understand the treatment and how it works before making your treatment decision.
We offer free informational seminars that walk you through stem cell treatments and help you determine if you’re a good fit for stem cell shots. Get in touch today to learn more!