Entrapped nerve hydrodissection is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound technology to alleviate symptoms of compressed nerve disorders. Compressed nerve disorders result when direct pressure is placed on a single nerve, producing numbness, pain, weakness or a tingling sensation.
Compressed nerve disorders may be caused by a variety of factors, including health conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, injury, pregnancy or obesity. Entrapped nerve hydrodissection is generally recommended as a treatment for compressed nerve disorders after conservative treatments have been unsuccessful at relieving painful symptoms.
Entrapped nerve hydrodissection is a non-invasive procedure and no incisions are made. Instead, entrapped nerve hydrodissection implements the use of ultrasound technology to treat the condition. The procedure is typically performed in a doctor's office and lidocaine may be administered as an anesthetic. During the procedure, a needle is placed, guided by an ultrasound device, to the precise site of the nerve entrapment. A saline solution, containing salt and water, is injected between the affected nerve and the ligaments that are placing pressure on it. This infusion of fluid helps to separate the ligament from the nerve, reducing the direct pressure and relieving symptoms.
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