Do you have numbness and pain in your hands? Has your grip weakened over time? Do you have difficulty with buttons or other finite tasks? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with numbness and pain in your hands? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have carpal tunnel syndrome. You may have several options when it comes to treatment, one of them being orthobiologics.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is the small space in your wrist where a group of tendons and the median nerve pass into the hand from the forearm. This nerve can get pinched or narrow due to an injury or illness but, most often, it’s something else entirely.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and hand, such as from typing. But anything that constricts or irritates the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some risk factors associated with the condition include obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and even being female.
Orthobiologics as a treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome
It’s easy to ignore the early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. But once the condition progresses to the point where you are in constant pain or can’t do normal activities, you’re going to have to take some action. You have several treatment options.
Some conservative measures include taking anti-inflammatory medication, wearing wrist braces, and getting cortisone shots. If these measures don’t provide relief, your doctor may recommend surgery, which is called a carpal tunnel release.
But there’s another approach that can make a difference with carpal tunnel syndrome - orthobiologics. These are natural substances, such as blood components, cells, and growth factors, that can speed up the healing process of damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. The material is taken from your own body and redistributed to the areas where it will do the most good. In many patients, this is in the wrist where there is damage or deterioration that is causing pain and limiting function.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for carpal tunnel syndrome
If you are considering orthobiologics for wrist pain, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is worth considering. With PRP, your own blood is collected and placed into a centrifuge machine to separate out the plasma and platelet components.
Every patient’s needs and goals are different. Recently published studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma can help minimize patients; pain and discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome. Before having repetitive steroid shots, consider the natural alternative!
Find out if you're a candidate
Sadly, carpal tunnel syndrome isn’t something that will just “go away” without some type of therapy. Whether you require surgical intervention or wish to stick to more conservative measures, you owe it to yourself to see if you might be a candidate for orthobiologics.
Dr. Buford of Texas Orthobiologics is the expert in regenerative medicine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you’re suffering from ongoing wrist pain, contact our office today for a consultation to learn more about orthobiologics and its applications for carpal tunnel syndrome.