While severe carpal tunnel syndrome may require surgery, the good news is there are several non-invasive treatment options that promote effective and efficient healing. The syndrome is typically treated with a combination of immobilization (splinting), physical therapy and when necessary regenerative injections.
Wearing a splint or wrist brace provides added support while also keeping the wrist in a neutral position. Immobilization can help those in the early stages of the condition, along with lifestyle changes such as weight loss and modifying hand/wrist activities.
Physical Therapy and/or OMT
Nerve and tendon gliding exercises can benefit those with carpal tunnel syndrome. Completing simple stretches for a few minutes throughout the day can reduce symptoms. Other patients see great success with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.
Dr. Shounuck Patel specializes in customized cell therapy and regenerative treatments for carpal tunnel and other conditions of the hand and wrist. For carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Patel does a procedure called PRP Hydrodissection, which involves using your body’s own blood platelets and growth factors injected with ultrasound guidance in the carpal tunnel to free up the median nerve. This holistic treatment not only minimizes symptoms by decreasing inflammation, but also can repair damaged nerves and improve function.
For specific situations, Dr. Patel can complete a minimally invasive procedure that releases the soft tissue ligament covering the carpal tunnel, thereby making more room for the otherwise compressed median nerve. For other situations, if absolutely necessary, referral is made to a hand surgeon.