Treatment Options For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is associated by symptoms and signs, which are caused by compression of the median nerve travelling through the carpal tunnel.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects the hands since it is an upper limb neuropathy that results in motor and sensory disturbance of the median nerve.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.  The injury causes pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb.  The carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a “tunnel” through which the nerve leading to the hand extends.

This condition affects individuals by causing pain, paresthesias, and sometimes weakness in the median nerve distribution.  Those diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may experience pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the arm, which may extend to the shoulder and neck area; these feelings are more prevalent at night due to various sleeping positions.  To aid in the prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, stretching exercises of the wrist, hand, and fingers have been used to combat the pain and numbness caused by repetitive actions.  Other than using recommended stretches and exercises, useful treatments for CTS include use of night splints, corticosteroid injections and ultimately surgery.

Most cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have been found to be without a specific cause and certain individuals may be genetically predisposed to this condition.  CTS is more prevalent in females than in males.  It is estimated that almost 5% of women and 3% of men have CTS.  Most cases of CTS develop in people who are between 45-64 years of age.  One in four people with carpal tunnel syndrome have a positive family history in first degree relatives.

According to the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture may help treat CTS.  Studies suggest that acupuncture restores normal nerve function and can provide long-term relief of pain associated with CTS.  Acupuncturists treat people with CTS based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians.

Acupuncturists insert thin needles into specifics point on the body.  Traditional theory holds blockages along energy pathways in the body, called meridians, can cause pain.  Acupuncture releases these blockages and improves the flow of energy along meridians.

A scientific explanation is that acupuncture may release natural pain-relieving chemicals into the body, promote circulation in body, and balance the nervous system.  There are twelve main meridians represented in the body by twelve important organs.  If there is corruption in these meridians, or energy flows, the body may have complications and problems, producing pain.

When given time, conservative, chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems, without drugs or surgery.