Hydrodissection for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME is a painful condition that involves the wrist and hand. The symptoms are caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. When the nerve is compressed, those affected experience tingling, numbness, and burning pain. These symptoms can be debilitating and can limit employment opportunities.
Ultrasound guided hydrodissection of the median nerve is a safe, minimally invasive, non surgical in-office procedure. Regenerative improvements in nerve conduction have also be documented. The procedure involves injecting a solution made of dextrose and water around the median nerve. The fluid expands the tissue and relieves pressure from around the nerve. Patients notice a reduction in numbness, tingling, and burning. Unlike invasive surgery, patients can return to work the next day. A numbing medication called lidocaine is used to ensure comfort during the injection process. In some cases, cortisone is added to the solution to reduce inflammation.
Recent research studies have confirmed that hydrodissection for carpal tunnel syndrome decreases median nerve glide resistance and is effective for the management of CTS.