Magnets and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It is estimated that between 1 and 3 percent of Americans suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Therapeutic magnets are being used as a self-help treatment by many sufferers of CTS, yet only two research studies have tested whether magnets are indeed helpful for this condition, and they produced contradictory results.

Helfgott investigator Agatha Colbert, MD is working on evaluation of the safety and possible benefits of magnet therapy for people with CTS. She is currently working on two projects: a comprehensive review of the literature on static magnetic field therapy and an NIH-funded pilot study. The goal of the pilot study is to determine which of three magnet strengths to use in a future study of magnet therapy’s effectiveness on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a first step to ultimately conducting large-scale trials on magnets for other chronic painful conditions, and it is also NIH/NCCAM funded (AT003293).