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This Electrical Form of Acupuncture Could Help Ease Carpal Tunnelcarpal tunnel

 New research raises the possibility that an electrical form of acupuncture is a useful treatment for the common wrist overuse condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. In the study, electroacupuncture helped carpal tunnel patients with long-lasting mild and moderate symptoms when it was used with splints overnight. “For these patients, electroacupuncture produces benefits in symptoms, disability, function and dexterity,” said study author Vincent Chung. He is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner and assistant professor with The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when a nerve becomes pinched in the wrist, and it causes symptoms like pain, numbness and tingling. Typing and diseases like arthritis can bring on the condition. “This is a chronic condition, frequently made worse by continuing job-related injury,” said Dr. John Longhurst, a professor of medicine with the University of California, Irvine. Splinting, in which a brace is used to prevent patients from flexing their wrists, is one treatment. But there are questions about its effectiveness. Injections with cortisone are also given. But the benefits are often only temporary, said Longhurst, who studies acupuncture. “This is a low-risk procedure that they might try since acupuncture helps to reduce pain and inflammation,” Longhurst said. Eshkevari agreed, saying “this is a scenario where it is worth a shot to avoid more invasive procedures like surgery. And this study is certainly promising.”

Read the full article here: http://news.health.com/2016/06/08/electroacupuncture-helped-ease-carpal-tunnel-in-study/


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