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Avoid Carpal Tunnel Surgery

I was performing a carpal tunnel hydrodissection yesterday using an ultra high resolution ultrasound trying to help a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome avoid carpal tunnel surgery when I thought to myself, this is pretty cool. I have a 1 inch tiny needle, the smallest caliber made in the US and I’m injecting our 3rd…
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Smartphone Use and Carpal Tunnel…Calling SIRI!

Does your thumb hurt from texting and typing on your Smartphone? There’s been discussion about a possible connection between Smartphone use and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but is this connection real? Now, new research has looked into this question and answered it with some compelling findings. Even just a few years ago, less than 1/3 of the American Population used Smartphones and those were…
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A Connection Between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraines?

Could there be a connection between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraines? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is physically compressed, either by external forces or by conditions within the body itself, affecting nerve function. The median nerve runs from the cervical spine down into the hand and through narrow passageway within your wrist. When this…
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Carpal Tunnel Alternative Treatment: Your Nerves Were Made to Move!

Most patients and physicians think of nerves as static and immobile wires that transmit information. However, despite this conceptualization, your nerves were in fact designed to be very stretchy and mobile. In fact, new research is giving us information on which to base a new paradigm of carpal tunnel alternative treatment – it’s all about nerve…
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Carpal Tunnel Steroid Injection: Is this Common Practice a Problem?

Steroid injections are a 1950s remedy that are still surprisingly common in modern medicine. A carpal tunnel steroid injection is performed for patients who have carpal tunnel syndrome, or irritation or compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The injections seem to alleviate symptoms, but many different research studies have shown that the high…
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Is Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causing Your Thumb Arthritis? Is Arthritis Caused by Bad Nerves?

Is Thumb Arthritis caused by bad nerves?  We’ve seen for years an association between thumb arthritis and subtle findings of carpal tunnel syndrome. What I mean by this, is that many patients who we evaluate for stem cell treatments of their CMC thumb joints also have issues we can detect in their median nerve (the…
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery: Does Cutting the Ligament Have Consequences?

Carpal tunnel surgery has become a standard surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, a problem that occurs when the median nerve gets chronically pinched at the wrist. The surgery is simple, cut the ligament that normally covers the carpal tunnel to give the nerve more breathing room. However, does cutting the transverse carpal ligament (TCL)…
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Side Effects: Big Surgeries, Big Complications

Do Carpal tunnel syndrome side effects and complications exist?   Patients often look at surgery as a “fix”, much like going into a mechanic to get a new part installed or a tune up. Nothing could be further from reality. The reason why we push so hard in the direction of using biologics through injection is that it…
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