Hand Numbness

By Shant Baboujian, DAOM LAc

Patient Presentation

20 year-old male experiences numbness and tingling in the right hand after several hours of work in front of a computer – the computer is positioned at in incline angle rising up and back out from his desk. Phalen’s test was negative, but palpation of the neck was painful. I asked the patient to stand up naturally and observed his posture: slumped shoulders with palms facing his anterior thighs, and his neck is slanted anteriorly.

Prior Treatments

None.

Current Symptoms

Neck is painful on palpation – right side

Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

A1

Hand Tai Yang Small Intestine, Hand Shao Yang San Jiao, Foot Shao Yang Gall Bladder, Foot Tai Yang Urinary Bladder

A2

Foot Jue Yin Liver, Foot Shao Yin Kidney

A3

Left LV4, KD5-7 area

Initial Results

Immediately after inserting the needles, I palpated his neck with the same pressure and it was not as painful

Treatment Course

Two treatments per week for 3 weeks
Postural re-education

Follow-up Results

On his second visit, he proclaimed he no longer had hand numbness and was maintaining a proper posture. He enjoyed the feeling of relaxation from acupuncture and continues to come for treatment even though he does not have any complaints.

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