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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy

Are your wrists feeling sore or tingling in the hands?

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy Definition:

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition. It causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms to occur. Neuropathy aka nerve pain, is seen as not one “disease” but a complication found in several underlying medical conditions.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy Causes:

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be cause by repetitive movements, pinched nerve, overuse/overstrain injuries.

Neuropathy can be cause by a wide range of conditions including: trauma, repetitive injury, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, intermittent claudication, infection, chemical or toxin exposure, vitamin B deficiency, chronic liver or kidney disease, and more.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy Symptoms:

Symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome include: local hand and wrist pain, numbness and tingling, decrease range of motion in hand and wrist.

Symptoms for neuropathy include: numbness and tingling in hands and/or feet, nerve pains, sometimes worse with exercise.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neuropathy Treatments:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. It has been shown to prevent carpal tunnel surgery. Above all it has been shown to decrease symptoms such as local hand and wrist pain, numbness and tingling, decrease range of motion in hand and wrist.

Read our pain specialist, Dr. Ellie’s previous article on carpal tunnel here.

Neuropathy:

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for neuropathy. Neuropathy is associated with condition such as peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms are numbness and tingling in hands and/or feet, nerve pains, sometimes worse with exercise.

Acupuncture as well as pain relief injections are effective treatments for neuropathy as patients have shown improvements in exercise tolerance, decrease pain, decrease in numbness and tingling, and better range of motion following compliance to acupuncture treatment plan.

At Starting Point, it is our goal to find the root cause of the pain. We offer a holistic wellness consult to see how we can best help you and have many treatment options available. Common treatments recommended are pain relief injections, acupuncture, cupping, and nutritional coaching.

Pain Relief Injections

Pain relief injections can help with a wide range of pain conditions such as frozen shoulder, neck pain, low back pain, and knee pain.

 

Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon. As the director of the nonprofit, The Pain Relief Project, she also offers sliding scale, low-cost care for those on Medicare or uninsured.