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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7420648, 5 pages
Research Article

The Acupuncture Effect on Median Nerve Morphology in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: An Ultrasonographic Study

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Yıldırım Beyazıt University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
2Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Gökhan Tuna Öztürk

Received 1 February 2017; Accepted 18 May 2017; Published 6 June 2017

Academic Editor: Jeng-Ren Duann

Copyright © 2017 Fatma Gülçin Ural and Gökhan Tuna Öztürk. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. The aim of this study was to explore the acupuncture effect on the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the median nerve at the wrist in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and, additionally, to identify whether clinical, electrophysiological, and ultrasonographic changes show any association. Methods. Forty-five limbs of 27 female patients were randomly divided into two groups (acupuncture and control). All patients used night wrist splint. The patients in the acupuncture group received additional acupuncture therapy. Visual analog scale (VAS), Duruöz Hand Index (DHI), Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire scores, electrophysiologic measurements, and median nerve CSAs were noted before and after the treatment in both groups. Results. VAS, DHI, Quick DASH scores, and electrophysiological measurements were improved in both groups. The median nerve CSA significantly decreased in the acupuncture group, whereas there was no change in the control group. Conclusion. After acupuncture therapy, the patients with CTS might have both clinical and morphological improvement.