New: Surgery-Free Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

23.05.2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome - symptoms 

About one in ten German citizens have already experienced the complaints caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, whereas women are by three times more frequently affected than men are. Usually, the problem first occurs when the patient is between 40 and 70 years old, and in the early stages appears mainly at night: patients wake up because they feel pain all the way from their hand to the upper arm or because their hands get numb.  Once they shake the respective limb, the sensation of pain and tingling fades away. 

For most of the carpal tunnel syndrome cases, underlying causes cannot be made out. These cases are called “idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome” (in Greek: “io1oc” is "peculiar", “na8oc” means "condition"). This variant of the syndrome is most frequently suffered from by menopausing women and believed to be related to wateriness and tissue swelling in the carpal tunnel. Some people are predisposed for suffering from the carpal tunnel syndrome since they have naturally got a narrow carpal tunnel. If these people permanently move their hand the same way at work, expose their wrist to excessive stress or bend it when they sleep, they will develop the carpal tunnel syndrome.

Respective complaints are frequently experienced at night or when the limb is exposed to stress. They will in particular appear when the hand is bent, e.g. while holding the telephone or steering a car. This is also the reason for nocturnal pain because many people unwittingly slightly bend their hands when they sleep. While the carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, paraesthesia increases and becomes a permanent problem while the pain spreads across the arm. In advanced stages, the fingers numb and the thenar’s muscles atrophy, i.e. they become stunted.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome - treatment

If the complaints are minor to medium and come and go, physicians will recommend wearing a wrist-support splint or avoiding exposure to specific strain. Conventional wrist-support splints are to be worn at night because this is when the complaints are worst due to the hand bending while the patient is sleeping. The splint serves to prevent suchlike bending. Compared to cortisone treatment or surgery, wrist-support splints bear few side effects only. This is this conventional treatment’s advantage.

However, the drawback is that the splint will provide for relief in the near term. But in most cases the relief will not be lasting. Frequently, patients suffer from their complaints again soon. And because all that happened was preventing the hand from being bent at night, precious time got lost. To that comes that very few people get along well with the wrist-support splint. Most of them feel that it disrupts their sleep. 

However, the splint must never be worn during daytime as it bears the risk of the wrist stiffening as a result of the treatment. Remember: a joint’s normal function is to facilitate locomotion!

Surgery-free carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

More effective than wrist-support splints that simply prevent wrist bending is curpal. Because curpal does not immobilise but proactively expands the carpal tunnel. A plastic cuff houses an air-cushion that is pumped up manually. This cushion exerts pressure onto the dorsum, which makes the hand stretch and the carpal tunnel expand. By applying this simple mechanical principle, curpal relieves the carpal tunnel.

Easing the symptoms quickly does not take more than just a few minutes per day.  Patients whose symptoms are mild will feel clearly relieved within a few days. If the complaints are more severe, it might take up to six weeks before the treatment starts to take effect. curpal is thus the first alternative ever to surgery.

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