Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful and disabling disorder characterized by inflammation and swelling of the tendons that run through the narrow carpal tunnel in the wrist, and is one of the most common of repetitive stress injuries. Numbness, tingling, and pain in the base of the thumb and the first three fingers results from the compression of a nerve that shares the carpal tunnel. The syndrome, categorized by the World Health Organization as a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, is caused by excessive and unrelieved repetition of movements that in themselves appear innocuous, such as cutting meat or typing on a computer keyboard. In addition to high frequency of repetition and lack of rest periods, factors that increase risk of hand-wrist damage include awkward or unnatural working posture, use of excessive force in performing a task, and emotional stress.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the cumulative trauma disorders reportedly responsible for 30 to 40 percent of worker's compensation claims in the early 1990s, afflicts burgeoning numbers of office workers. Almost half of all carpal tunnel syndrome cases result in 31 days or more of work loss in the United States. The field of health care responded to this affliction with hand clinics designed to rehabilitate disabled workers. Treatment includes rest, exercises, wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, learning stress-reducing movement techniques, making adjustments to the individual's workstation, and surgery to reduce pressure on the afflicted nerve. But now SURGERY CAN BE avoided in some cases with the use of the ML830 laser.

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Question: My arms have been hurting when I prop my elbows on my desk. The elbows have an electrical sensitivity and feels as though I am hitting my funny bone. My doctor said I have cubital tunnel syndrome and has suggested surgery. What is cubital tunnel syndrome and can cold laser help?

Answer: Cubital tunnel syndrome describes a condition of pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes under the medial epicondyle in the elbow. The electrical sensation you feel is damage to the nerve due to the pressure. Cold laser can help this injury in the same way it helps carpal tunnel syndrome. The laser reduces inflammation, and swelling of the soft tissue around the nerve which helps reduce the pressure which then give the nerve a chance to heal. The treatments are painless and no recuperation time is needed after the treatment. I began using coldlaser therapy in 1996 while involved in an FDA study testing the effects of the ML830 Laser on soft tissue injuries and found the ML830laser to be beneficial in the treatment of a multitude of conditions from chronic to acute injuries.

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