Acupuncture for hand and wrist pain

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Blog, Neuropathy, Pain Conditions | No Comments

As higher quality research is able to demonstrate acupuncture’s efficacy, it continues to gain traction in the medical community as an effective tool for pain management. There is now strong evidence to support acupuncture as a first phase of care for low back pain , knee pain, headaches, postoperative pain, and more.

At All and One Acupuncture, we treat all of the pain. Pain is our bread and butter. Every so often Boynn and I receive a cluster of patients with similar complaints, and this was the case recently with hand pain. No patient’s care was the same, however. There are many potential underlying mechanisms for hand pain and many ways that we approach treatment.

All of the following could be causing wrist/hand/finger pain:

  • acute injury or fracture
  • osteoarthritis gout or rheumatoid arthritis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • overuse injury or inflammation
  • Palmar fibromatosis, or Dupuytren’s contracture stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger
  • de Quervain’s Tendinitis
  • Raynaud’s
  • eczema

Our first step in any of these cases is a thorough health history and exam. We treat accordingly with acupuncture, using other tools as needed: cupping, gua sha, infrared heat, internal or external herbal therapy, food therapy. We refer our patients to other providers if they need further evaluation for a more complete diagnosis or further care.

For most of the above conditions, our goal is to bring about lasting tissue changes. As we understand thus far, acupuncture accomplishes tissue change by spurring biochemical changes at the site of needle insertion, by reorganizing connective tissue at the site of needle insertion, and by modulating activity in various regions of the brain (and perhaps other mechanisms. Repeated treatment is important for these effects to become lasting, which is why we usually recommend a course of treatment and don’t expect immediate changes in symptoms.

Every new patient at All and One Acupuncture receives a written treatment plan detailing our focus, our goals, our tools, and our expected timeline of care. A typical treatment course for acupuncture for hand pain will vary depending on the severity and duration of the condition. If the pain is relatively new or quite mild it may resolve in less than four treatments. If it’s chronic or more severe, it can require three to six months of weekly treatment. When we see changes in the first few treatments, we encourage continuing. If you or someone you know is struggling with hand or wrist pain, give us a call at All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland. Let us help you feel better! Call us at (503) 281-6909 or book online at www.allandone.com.

If you or someone you know is struggling with hand or wrist pain, give us a call at All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland. Let us help you feel better! Call us at (503) 281-6909 or book online at www.allandone.com.

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