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Parkinsons A Risk Factor for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


A complication of Parkinson’s… next

Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Are at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Lara Pullen writing in the Rheumatologist reported patients with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain, numbness and tingling that can be characterized as an upper limb neuropathy. CTS is more common in women, with a female to male ratio of 3:1. Various studies have described the incidence of CTS in the general population as between 2.5 and 5 cases per 1,000 person years.

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease may be especially vulnerable to CTS. One study suggests that patients with Parkinson’s may be at increased risk of CTS because of the repetitive movement due to tremor.2 Others have noted the peripheral neuropathy that is associated with Parkinson’s and wondered whether peripheral neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, a consequence of levodopa exposure or both.3 A body of evidence suggests that a form of small fiber neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, and thus, experts have suggested that patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s be strictly monitored for subtle signs of neuropathy.

Comment: Interesting.

Bisphosphonates Increase Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


Here’s another complication of taking bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis… next
Do Bisphosphonates Increase Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Lara Pullen writing in the Rheumatologist reported increasingly, postmenopausal women are prescribed bisphosphonates in an effort to prevent osteoporotic fractures. The increased prevalence of bisphosphonate use likely reflects both demographic trends toward an older female population, as well as concerns about the safety of an alternative treatment for osteoporosis: hormone replacement therapy.
Unfortunately, bisphosphonates are not without risk. In 2008, the FDA issued an alert that highlighted the association between oral bisphosphonates and incapacitating bone, joint and/or musculoskeletal pain. In 2015, the FDA issued yet another alert: warning that the use of bisphosphonates is associated with an increased risk for developing osteonecrosis of the jaw. Researchers have also noted that patients taking bisphosphonates experience an increased risk for arthritis and corresponding arthralgia. Now, investigators report that postmenopausal women who use bisphosphonates are also at increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Comment: what a list of side effects. These drugs might be useful but be careful.

Thread Carpal Tunnel Release – A Women’s Perspective


Here’s a brief animation on the Thread Carpal Tunnel Release.

Thread carpal Tunnel Release Jeffrey and Marcia

New procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome!

Suffering from wrist pain and numbness?

New procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome…

Suffering from wrist pain and numbness?

A new technique for those people with wrist pain and numbness know as carpal tunnel syndrome is on the rise!  This technique is called Thread Carpal Tunnel Release and is becoming more increasingly popular with those patients who don’t want surgery.  This new technique offers no down time, less pain, almost immediate relief and one patient even read a book through the procedure!  The procedure is done within an hour with just local anesthesia and ultrasound needle guidance.  The patient is awake and can watch everything that goes on.

For more information contact the Arthritis Treatment Center at 301-694-5800.

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