CTS is a relatively common ailment, which causes a pins and needles sensation in the fingers and hands. The NHS website linked to above, estimates that almost 5% of women and 3% of men have CTS. Most cases of CTS develop in people who are between 45-64 years of age. People with mild to moderate symptoms usually respond well to non-surgical treatment, such as wrist splints and corticosteroids injections. However, more severe cases usually require surgery to reduce the pressure on the median nerve. Left untreated, CTS may lead to permanent nerve damage.
So this is a common problem, ranging from very mild to severe, but at the painful end of the scale, surgery is the only option. As with menstrual pain, the parameters are nicely set for quack therapies to offer hope of relief.
Also like menstrual problems, the Cochrane Collaboration, an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide, has published a review on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In this case, it has looked at all the non-surgical therapies that have been discussed in the scientific literature, analysed the data and come up with some evidence-based conclusions:
Trials of magnet therapy, laser acupuncture, exercise or chiropractic care did not demonstrate symptom benefit when compared to placebo (or control).So the evidence gathered so far seems to be fairly clear and there is no reason why any self-respecting chiropractor would advertise that they could help CTS - it would be surely foolish?
Surprisingly (or perhaps not), the deja vu continues - CTS, like menstrual problems, is a prime complaint for alternative medicine; Like menstrual problems, it has a Cochrane Review which concludes that, based on published evidence, chiropractic is no better than placebo or control; and lastly and incredibly, like menstrual problems, appears on numerous chiropractic websites as a condition that they are able to successfully treat.
For instance, see Dr (not medical) Chris Pickard of the Pain Relief Centres in Finchley and Hatfield, discussing carpal tunnel syndrome:
Dr (not medical) Chris doesn't seem to have read the evidence, but no doubt he has his 'own evidence' (anecdotes) as do homeopaths, faith healers, pendulum swingers, astrologers, mediums and any other branch of quackery and pseudoscience you can think of. (Incidentally, I haven't looked into Cold Laser treatment mentioned in the video, except to say that a review in 2007 said there was 'conflicting evidence' as to its effectiveness). I like the ice-cream van near the end of the video.
Glasgow Chiropractic, (once again) claim:
[if] it is definitely carpal tunnel syndrome [...] a chiropractor can help greatly.Not according to the evidence, they can't.
Roundhay Chiropractic in Leeds claims
carpal tunnel syndrome [-] Chiropractic can help you recover quicker and with less pain.The evidence suggests not.
Other offenders include The Healing Clinic in York, Health Hydro (Swindon Borough Council website, if you're interested in complaining) in Swindon, the Chiropractice in Cardiff, the Chiropractic Clinic in Chester, and of course the Pain Relief Centre in Finchley, which boasts Chris Pickard from the above video.
There are plenty more Chiropractors out there offering this quack treatment, despite the clear, available evidence that it is of no value over placebo or control. I have no idea whether these places are aware of the available evidence - if they are, then they are knowingly misleading and fraudulent (bogus, if you will), if they aren't, then their professional knowledge is questionable - would you want to be treated by someone who offers useless treatments, demonstrating their ignorance in their supposedly specialised field?
Needless to say, the GCC will be made aware of this situation - will they just get a slap on the wrist?