Carpal Tunnel Surgery vs Medical Marijuana: A Comparison | cannabisMD

Carpal Tunnel Surgery vs Medical Marijuana: A Comparison

Carpal Tunnel Surgery vs Medical Marijuana: A Comparison

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve which gives you feeling in your thumb and your fingers excluding your little finger (i.e. pinky). As the nerve goes through your wrist it passes through your carpal tunnel. Your carpal tunnel is a narrow nervous path made of bone and ligament. When you get swelling in your wrist this tunnel is squeezed and pinches your median nerve. It is this squeezing and pinching that causes your carpal tunnel. As time passes carpal tunnel syndrome can weaken your muscles in your hands and wrists. If symptoms persist for too long your condition will worsen and your doctor may even recommend surgery.

The two types of surgeries for carpal tunnel release are open surgery and endoscopic surgery. Both involve a surgeon cutting the ligament around the carpal tunnel to take pressure off your median nerve. Open surgery involves a larger cut or incision, from your wrist to your palm, which is up to 2 inches long. Endoscopic surgery makes one opening in your wrist and may also make one in your arm. These cuts are smaller in size, at about half an inch each. The surgeon then places a tiny camera into one of the openings which guides him as he cuts the ligament.

Medical Marijuana and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is classified under chronic pain and as such has been treated with medical marijuana in states with legalized medical marijuana. Though research in the level of efficacy is still lacking, there are some novel studies and plenty of anecdotal tales of successful treatment of carpal tunnel with medical marijuana.

A study was recently conducted to better understand chronic pain patients seeking treatment with medical marijuana. A few of the patients were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and were being treated with medical marijuana. Another more qualitative study interviewed patients with “carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, glucosamine and chondroitin” and investigated “marijuana for pain.”

Other anecdotal support comes from online reports of major success amongst carpal tunnel patients using medical marijuana for treatment. Generally, medical marijuana can lessen inflammation of soft tissues, nerve damage, and joint pain, making it a viable treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment. States with medical legalization include this ailment, with reason. Further medical research on specifically the level of efficacy in severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome will be necessary to completely replace invasion surgeries.

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t be too alarmed. It is common, so you are not alone and it is something that can be cured. Whether it be through surgery, medication and/or CBD oil.

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