The Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Using Thumb Pressure Along the Median Nerve

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 13, 2008
Last Update Posted : June 28, 2011
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Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to find the efficacy of treating the muscles in the inside (biceps,pronator teres) of the arm in order to eliminate the carpal tunnel syndrome .The authors hypothesise that eliminating the trigger points located in these muscles would diminish the symptoms associated with the carpal tunnel syndrome.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Procedure: Active Comparator, ischemic compressions Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

The carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition which should treated by surgery only when conservative approaches has been tried.In the present trial the authors intend to find the effectiveness of treating the triggers points located in the biceps muscle, the pronator teres muscle and the biceps aponeurosis on the symptoms normally associated with the carpal tunnel syndrome.

The technique used in this trial will be ischemic compression(thumb tip pressure)on the trigger points located on the previous sites.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Neuropathy Along the Median Nerve: Etiology of Symptoms Associated With the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: a Preliminary Study.
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: One
Ischemic Compression on Triggers Points on Muscles along the Median Nerve. Active Comparator
Procedure: Active Comparator, ischemic compressions
Ischemic Compressions,3 times a week,5 weeks.
Other Name: Pressure Point Therapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain,functional disabilities [ Time Frame: One year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults between 20 and 60 years old from the city and the surrounding Trois-Rivières with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome,
  • Daily pain in the hand that lasted at least 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of upper limb or neck surgery,
  • Pregnancy and systemic pathologies possibly related to carpal tunnel syndrome, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00634699

Canada, Quebec
Guy Hains 2930 Côte Richelieu
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Guy Hains Chiropractor
Principal Investigator: Guy Hains, DC Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Responsible Party: Guy Hains DC, UQTR Identifier: NCT00634699     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Éthic Committee, UQTR
First Posted: March 13, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 28, 2011
Last Verified: June 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Median Neuropathy
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Nerve Compression Syndromes
Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Sprains and Strains
Wounds and Injuries