Acupuncture Versus Laser Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    Kuang Tien General Hospital
Updated on 5 July 2022
nerve conduction
entrapment neuropathies
surgical decompression
tingling sensation


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) results from the entrapment neuropathy of median nerve at the wrist, and most cases are idiopathic. So far, there are many treatments were developed (Surgical decompression, local injection of steroids, Wrist splints) but they are not fully satisfactory, other treatment modalities need to be further evaluated.

Both Acupuncture and laser acupuncture treatments for CTS have been reported. However, those studies still lack associated evidence to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture and laser acupuncture.

The object of the study is to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture compared with laser acupuncture in patients with mild-to-moderate carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Nerve conduction studies (NCS) and global symptom score (GSS) assessment will apply to measure objective changes in this randomized, controlled study.


Both manual acupuncture and laser acupuncture treatments for CTS have been reported.

Laser acupuncture (LA) is defined as the stimulation of traditional acupuncture points by using low-level intensity. Its a noninvasive treatment than acupuncture for those patients had the potential risk for infection or people involving pain or fear of needles. So far, previous studies still lack associated evidence about comparisons between laser acupuncture and manual acupuncture to evaluate their efficacy. So the investigators would like to compare the efficacy of acupuncture treatment with laser acupuncture (LA) treatment in patients with idiopathic, mild-to-moderate carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

Condition Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment Acupuncture, laser acupuncture, Sham laser acupuncture
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04828239
SponsorKuang Tien General Hospital
Last Modified on5 July 2022

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