Don’t sign up for that surgery yet!
Your doc might tell you that you need to go under the knife.
He might even say it's the ONLY way to ease the pain in your wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
And, if you're in enough agony, you probably won't think twice about going through with it.
But TWO new studies show a couple of steps you can take to ease or even end the misery of carpal tunnel syndrome so effectively that you'll never need that wrist operation.
The first new study focuses on acupuncture, specifically a form called "electro-acupuncture," in which a light electrical charge is added to help stimulate the nerves.
This treatment has long been dismissed by mainstream medicine because they can't understand how or why it works.
But all that really matters is that it DOES work... and the new study shows it's highly effective in ways even supporters of acupuncture never could've imagined.
It actually works not just in the wrist, but in your BRAIN as well.
I know that sounds wild, but carpal tunnel isn't limited to damage in your wrist. It also messes with the part of the brain that receives nerve signals from the hand and wrist.
A brain cell that might be responsible for recognizing touch -- or pain -- in one finger could get activated when ANY finger is touched.
That's part of what leads to the heightened pain that marks this condition.
But electro-acupuncture changed that, not only easing pain in the wrist but also "remapping" the brain to help restore normal function upstairs, a sure sign that the improvements from acupuncture could lead to long-term relief.
A sham procedure also helped ease the pain a little, but it didn't cause any brain changes.
So far, so good. But let's make this even better.
A second new study shows that basic physical therapy is just as good as surgery.
And in some ways, it's even better.
Surgery, of course, means you have to spend several weeks recovering from the procedure itself.
As a result, the study finds that folks who have physical therapy instead of surgery do better over the first 30 days.
Patients who have surgery eventually catch up. But oddly, they never do BETTER than the folks who get PT. Three months, six months, and even one year later, folks who have PT do just as well as those who've had surgery.
So why even bother?
Surgery's clearly a bust for most people -- and if you're in line for it yourself, make sure you've tried all these other options first.