PRP is your best bet for mild to moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes compressed at the wrist. This can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. There are several treatment options available for CTS, including corticosteroid injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.
Corticosteroid injections are a common treatment for CTS. These injections contain a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. However, corticosteroid injections have some potential drawbacks. They can cause side effects such as skin discoloration, thinning of the skin, and increased blood sugar levels. Additionally, they may not be effective for all patients.
PRP therapy is a newer treatment option for CTS that involves injecting concentrated platelets from the patient's own blood into the affected area. Platelets contain growth factors that can help stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. PRP therapy has been shown to be safe and effective for a variety of conditions, including sports injuries and osteoarthritis.
Several studies have compared the effectiveness of corticosteroid injections and PRP therapy for CTS. One study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research and another meta analysis of multiple studies published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation concluded that that PRP therapy was more effective than corticosteroid injections in reducing pain and improving grip strength in patients with mild to moderate CTS as well as longer lasting relief.
Overall, while both corticosteroid injections and PRP therapy can be effective treatments for CTS, PRP therapy may offer some advantages over corticosteroid injections in terms of effectiveness and safety.
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