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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Gadgets and Alternatives

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Chiropractor and Carpal Tunnel Doctor comments:

Tec_003c1 Since 1992, I have personally treated hundreds, if not thousands of cases of carpal tunnel symptoms at my SF Financial District Back and Wrist Pain Center. During this time, I've noticed many patients use gadgets to treat carpal tunnel syndrome ( CTS ). Is this a good idea or just another fad? Sometimes our health advice comes from friends, family, and customers at the local health food store. And, I am sure you were given a persuasive story before buying. Late night TV infomercials are used too often for medical advice. If your carpal tunnel symptoms show up at night, you may have fallen prey to these sales pitches. There are lots of snake-oil salesman to take advantage of this often debilitating and frustrating condition which affects millions every year.

It seems like every day one of my San Francisco CTS patients is asking me about some new gadget.    

Copper bracelets and magnets seem to be particularly in style today. But do these and similar gadgets even work?

There are a couple of studies looking at herbs and magnets. According to the research there is very little evidence that these devices do anything. There are no studies on copper-so I guess the jury is still out on that one. However, they don't pass the smell test in my opinion (fishy). These gadgets are probably safe, except for making your skin turn a little green from the copper bracelet.

What about Yoga for carpal tunnel syndrome? Surprisingly, one clinical trial of 51 patients over eight weeks showed that doing yoga improved carpal tunnel syndrome and CTS symptoms better than using a wrist splint, which can become a crutch. What about chiropractic for carpal tunnel?

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