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What are alternative medicine approaches to treating carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Some people with carpal tunnel syndrome have success with alternative or complementary medicine. Always check with your doctor before trying it. Some options are:

Yoga. Research shows that it eases pain and boosts grip strength.

Ultrasound therapy. This treatment uses sound waves to raise the temperature in your hand and wrist. The heat can relieve pain and help with healing. Results from studies are mixed, but some people find it useful.

Acupuncture. Again, research hasn't clearly shown that acupuncture helps with carpal tunnel syndrome, but people in some studies found it helpful.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 15, 2017

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