Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the hand and arm. It is caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of the wrist. The anatomy of the wrist, health problems and possibly repetitive hand motions can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually start gradually. The first symptoms often include numbness or tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers that comes and goes. It may also cause discomfort in the wrist and the palm of the hand.

The patients complaints of tingling and/or numbness usually in the thumb index, and middle fingers, but not the little finger. Sometimes there is a sensation like an electric shock in these fingers. The sensation may travel from the wrist up the arm. These symptoms often occur while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper.

The sensation may wake you from sleep. Many people “shake out” their hands to try to relieve their symptoms. The numb feeling may become constant over time. Patients also complains of weakness in the hand with a tendency to drop objects.

Carmen Care has developed a specific protocol using 3 different types of lasers

 

General Motors and Baylor University Study Show Cold Laser Is Effective For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
General Motors (GM) conducted a 7-month, double-blind study to determine the effectiveness of low
level laser therapy in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, (CTS) as well as a seven-year study on its use
in managing other types of chronic pain. The FDA recently approved the therapy, which may be
effective in reducing the tissue inflammation that causes the symptoms of CTS. Involved in the study
were several medical practitioners from General Motors as well as Baylor University.
General Motors, in 1995 had spent a total of $2 billion on the treatment of Worker’s Compensation
claims related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They conducted a study of 119 patients randomly assigned
to two groups, one receiving physical therapy coupled with low level laser, the other half received
physical therapy along with a placebo laser treatment.

Results
* Return to work following treatment was 72% higher for the active laser treated group (72% vs. 41%)
* Pinch and grip strength was significantly higher in the active laser treated group.
* Range of motion improved significantly greater for the active laser treated group.

Overall conclusion is that using low level laser for carpal tunnel treatment combined with physical therapy improves
functional measures of wrist-hand work performance and results in greater probability of return to
work than physical therapy alone.