Get a grip on acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome

For those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery need not be inevitable. Acupuncture can be an effective alternative treatment for CTS, which is among the most common nerve disorders in the country.

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CTS is essentially a pinched nerve in the wrist. In most cases, the condition is caused by improper use or positioning of hands during certain repetitive tasks. For instance, poor ergonomics while keyboarding is frequently cited as a major contributor to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms include burning, tingling or weakness in at least one of the wrists, and numbness in fingers, particularly the thumb and second finger. At night, discomfort may worsen to the point that a sufferer cannot sleep.

Taking action at the first indication of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms will improve the odds of a quick recovery. Acupuncture sessions at Aligned Modern Health are a good initial step.

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture works to restore the function of the nerves. It’s non-invasive, and the insertion of needles into the skin is virtually painless. Aligned Modern Health’s acupuncturists are licensed, certified, and have extensive experience helping patients with all kinds of maladies.

Other carpal tunnel syndrome treatments include cortisone injections or ingesting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.

Wrist splints can relieve tingling and numbness but are also a stopgap measure that may actually weaken wrists when worn for long periods.

Surgery is typically considered a last resort. Even minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery can be expensive and is accompanied by a recovery period that varies by patient, according to seriousness of the condition.

Whether you treat your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms with acupuncture or surgery, it’s important to modify the habits that brought on CTS in the first place. Consulting an ergonomics expert and performing exercises to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome are recommended. Our health specialists can help you with this too!

Upon the first signs of numbness, tingling or burning in the wrist or hands, call Aligned Modern Health at 773-598-4387 to schedule an acupuncture consultation.

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