Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, causing severe, often chronic pain in the wrist, arm and hand. It is a very common condition today: it is estimated that about 5% of the population are affected, women more often than men.
Signs & Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Our patients often report:
- Tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand
- Pain in the arm, hand and fingers, radiating from the wrist
- Swelling and inflammation
- Symptoms that become worse at night
Some of our patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome find it difficult to differentiate between hot and cold, and others experience a weakening of wrist ligaments and muscles over time.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In our experience, the primary cause of the syndrome is physical strain on the median nerve in the wrist. This can be caused by repetitive actions of the wrist, or keeping the wrist bent in the same position for long periods of time.
Other possible causes include:
- Joint dislocation, fractures
- Certain conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and thyroid conditions
As is often the case, emotional stress and a poor diet can aggravate the symptoms.
How We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
At the Nei Jing clinic in Jerusalem, our long experience in the management of pain through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine enables us to treat even chronic cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. After an initial consultation meeting, during which we will establish a comprehensive diagnosis of your condition, we will build a treatment program tailored to your needs, that may include:
- Acupuncture and laser acupuncture, that help to reduce pain and heal injured nerves
- Chinese herbs
- Tuina massage and cupping, especially in cases when arthritis is involved
- Lifestyle and nutritional recommendations