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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture For Carpal Tunnel

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How effective is acupressure for carpal tunnel syndrome?

How effective is acupressure for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Unlikely: I know of no true well done controlled studies that prove it works any better than any other conservative rx such as a simple splint. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Could energy work for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Could energy work for carpal tunnel syndrome?

The question is un--: Clear. It needs to be rephrased and/or edited. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Acupuncture is worth a try! carpal tunnel symptoms may be due to inflammation, but what your doctor may not tell you is that carpal tunnel symptoms may also be due to other issues such as b vitamin deficiencies or low thyroid function (regardless of normal thyroid levels). Make sure you have these investigated before binding yourself with wrist splints or having surgery! ...Read more

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How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture

How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture

Could be of help: There are many different approaches to treat cts. Once an accurate diagnosis is made by a physician, the range of treatment includes splinting, occupational therapy, exercise, ergonomic modifications to minimize repetitive strain and injury, acupuncture, local injections and surgery. Acupuncture in conjunction with strategies to minimize repetitive injury can be helpful if mild or moderate. ...Read more

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Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injection into carpal canal. If symptoms continue or progress, with incrasinain, weakness, or worsening numbness and tingling, surgery may be required. ...Read more

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What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

Several treatments: There are several treatment options other than surgery that can help. Only Splinting, steroids (both oral and injected) and anti inflammatories have demonstrated any consistent relief but it is often only temporary and not very effective beyond 2 months. This is usually effective for early and mild carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very high: The success rate of a carpal tunnel release is very high. Assuming a proper work-up and failed conservative therapy, you should do well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Natural remedies for carpal tunnel?

Natural remedies for carpal tunnel?

Several!: Splinting wrist. B6-200mg/day. Avoiding activities that aggravate SX! But these may help. but injection with steroids and/or surgery are better! ...Read more

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Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Depends: Injections, splint, rest, surgery if no improvement. Make sure there are no compression of cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors help treat carpal tunnel?

Can chiropractors help treat carpal tunnel?

YEs they may help: While a chiropractor is not a surgeon who can operate on cts, many chiropractors are excellent diagnosticians and offer early treatment that can help the right patient, but there are some ( like some non surgeon mds or dos) that spend too much time expecting weird conservative methods to work. A good chiropractor knows when to refer like any good health professional. Its some who ruin for others. ...Read more

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Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

It helps: A carpal tunnel splint is a conservative treatment for carpal tunnel aimed at decreasing the pressure and constriction on the median nerve by keeping your wrist in a neutral position while you sleep. It typically won't cure the problem but will alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Help please! is carpal tunnel syndrome permanent?

Help please! is carpal tunnel syndrome permanent?

Usually not: Treatment can include splints, nsaids and steroid injections. Surgical treatment is very effective however carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage if it progresses without appropriate treatment. A hand surgeon can evaluate and determine the best treatment options. ...Read more

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Help please! is carpal tunnel syndrome temporary?

Help please! is carpal tunnel syndrome temporary?

Not usually: Typically carpal tunnel is progressive if not treated. Conservative treatments include night time splinting and steroid injection. Carpal tunnel release via endoscopic or open means. Is the surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How to bandage my wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to bandage my wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Night splint: Use a wrist splint while sleeping that keeps your wrist in the straight position. During the day a compression sleeve or glove might help. ...Read more

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Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

YES cortisone works : There have been many studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of corticosteroid injections for carpal tunnel and there have been those that said they do not work. Much depends upon the severity, chronicity and duration of the carpal tunnel as well as other health factors yes cortisone works but not all the the time short answer. ...Read more

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How much ibuprofen for carpal tunnel syndrome?

How much ibuprofen for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Variable by symptoms: Studies have shown that anti-inflamatories had little effect on eliminating or curing carpal tunnel syndrome. Ibuprofen can be effective in controlling the pain and parasthesias of carpal tunnel. The dosing should depend on the level of symptoms and your response. ...Read more

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Help please! is carpal tunnel permanent?

Help please! is carpal tunnel permanent?

If not treated : Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compressed nerve. If left untreated the nerve can become permanently damaged as a result of prolonged oxygen, blood and nutrient deprivation. This is why treatment of cts is so important. ...Read more

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Can wrist exercises help prevent carpal tunnel and other wrist conditions?

Can wrist exercises help prevent carpal tunnel and other wrist conditions?

Not exercise per se: There are certain forms of therapy that can aid in preventing and treating carpal tunnel, but generally not exercise. In fact, for the most part it is important to avoid "overuse" or "repetitive trauma" to the wrist and underlying median nerve which happens with repeated or prolonged flexion of the wrist. But, various forms of deep massage at the volar wrist may be of some help along with... ...Read more

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Is an ulnar nerve transposition effective for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Is an ulnar nerve transposition effective for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Ulnar nerve transposition is equivalent to an ulnar nerve decompression operation for entrapment at the elbow. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more