The practice of acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has been known to have positive effects of varying degrees. CTS is a relatively common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve that controls sensation and movement in the hand and digits. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist made up of small bones and a tough band of connective tissue that the tendons that move and bend the fingers run through. The tough connective sheath of tissue that forms a part of the tunnel becomes constricted thus narrowing the carpal tunnel and increases pressure to the median nerve. This causes pain, tingling, numbness and loss of use of the hand and digits to varying degrees.
The true cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and its associated pain is not entirely clear but certain things are thought to increase the risk of CTS developing, such as; diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and heavy manual work or work with vibrating tools such as electric sanders and drills etc.
The main acupuncture points selected for treatment are located at the local area of the wrist and hand. The acupuncture points that may be selected are P-6, LU-8, LU-9, SI-3, SI-4. The acupuncture point ST-12 may be selected as a distal acupoint.
Receiving acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome can be helpful and is worth trying, but it can also sometimes be limited in its positive long-term effects in many individuals. Surgery is often the only long-term solution. Depending on which hand was operated on and what your job involves, you will usually be able to return to work within a few weeks after surgery. If both wrists need to be operated on they will not be operated on at the same time. Only one will be operated on and the second will be operated on only after a full recovery of the first wrist has been reached.
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