Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Acupuncture, Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

Writers, Nail Technicians, Massage Therapists, Waiters/Waitresses, Hair Stylist... I can continue to list people with particular professions suffering from Carpal Tunnel pain. It starts with a numbness and tingling sensation while progressively turning into a sharp shooting sensation affecting the thumb, first and second fingers. When it becomes more severe, the pain is constant and can become debilitating to the point of affecting our jobs and livelihood.

The initial action is to seek attention from a medical doctor who in return will probably prescribe NSAID's and cortisone shots. When this doesn't work, surgery is the ultimate option.

Western treatment of carpal tunnel is somewhat effective, but also invasive. Seeking a gentler option, such as Acupuncture, should be the first choice for carpal tunnel instead of it being the last option and here's why...

Side effects of NSAID's include:

  • Stomach problems including ulcers, bleeding and upset stomach
  • Heart and Kidney problems
  • Fluid Retention
  • High blood pressure

Side effects of cortisone shots include:

  • Joint infections
  • Tendon weakness or rupturing
  • Osteoporosis of nearby bone
  • Nerve damage

Prescription drugs are not treating the problem, it is prohibiting pain receptor signaling. Once the drug is no longer effective, the pain comes right back and it becomes a cycle until to talk of surgery begins. Surgery requires time taken off of work, recurrent physical therapy appointments, and the probability of the surgery being unsuccessful.

Compared to surgery and relying on prescription drugs, Acupuncture is safer, less invasive, and cheaper. It has a high success rate in treating carpal tunnel syndrome affecting people with non-anatomical complications. Wrist pain affects millions of people everyday and can become unbearable. Before resorting to invasive treatments, try Acupuncture as the first step. It is the "Right First Choice" for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Thank you for reading and please pass this along to your loved ones.