Binyamin Rothstein is an Osteopathic physician who focuses on holistic healing and physical manipulation of the body. As an osteopath he emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself.
In addition to his more than twenty years of practicing medicine, he has written and presented workshops on many conditions and ailments, including carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition of the hands and fingers. “The ‘carpal tunnel’ is so named because it resembles a tunnel between the wrist bones (carpal bones) and the ligament that stretches over it,” he has written. The pain, numbness and tingling are thought to be a “pinched” or compressed nerve in the wrist This compression is frequently brought on by trauma or a repetitive stress injury.
“There is much debate in the modern western medical world as to the best approach to correct that pinch,” Dr. Rothstein wrote, in the April 2013 edition of Bizness Magazine. The most common treatments are physical therapy, medication, steroid injections and/or surgery, but he argues they have a common flaw. “They focus on the symptoms and not on the cause. Therefore, there is a high failure rate for long-term recovery.”
The most common cause of carpal tunnel compression is prolonged repetitive motion, such as working long hours at a computer. It frequently begins with tension in the neck and shoulders and works its way down to the forearm and wrist. Dr. Binyamin Rothstein says an Osteopathic approach enhances patient outcomes, and with lower cost and faster recoveries. In many cases a few simple exercises are enough to bring the patient relief. “By releasing the tension of the muscles in the neck and upper back and prescribing some simple exercises,” he wrote, “within a few short weeks the uncomfortable numbness and tingling symptoms disappear. No drugs, no surgery, no injections.”
“Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” by Dr. Binyamin Rothstein, Bizness Magazine, April 2013.
“Workshop on the Osteopathic Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” by Dr. Binyamin Rothstein, May 8, 2013.