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Alternative Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Looking for alternative carpal tunnel relief? People seeking relief from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) often look to natural pain relief methods due to side effects of medications and risks of surgery. CTS is a condition that sometimes leads to surgery. Initial treatment often includes oral anti-inflammatory medication which have side effects. Patients with sensitivity to prednisone may feel they have no  alternative solution to their symptoms of pain, numbness, and loss of motor function in the hand and wrist.

In a 2009 study  acupuncture was shown to be “as effective as short-term low-dose prednisolone [prednisone] for mild-to-moderate CTS. [Carpal Tunnel Syndrome] For those who do have an intolerance or contraindication for oral steroid or for those who do not opt for early surgery, acupuncture treatment provides an alternative choice.”

A randomized controlled clinical trial comparing acupuncture to oral steroids [prednisone] was conducted at the Department of Neurology, Kuang Tien General Hospital, Taiwan.  77  patients with mild to moderate carpal tunnel symptoms were divided into two groups. One group received treatment with an oral steroid – prednisone – and one group received acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture was administered in 8 sessions over a 4 week period.

The acupuncture group fared slightly better than the prednisone group. Although both reported a reduction in most symptoms, the acupuncture group showed greater gains in nerve conduction tests. One interesting note: sleep improved in the acupuncture patients but did not in those patients receiving the steroid.

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