Stiffness of the Skin and Joints in Relation to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (STIF-CTS)
Recruitment status was: Not yet recruiting
The exact etiology of CTS remains yet unknown. A rise in carpal tunnel pressure is well documented, but why this phenomenon occurs is yet unknown in most patients. There is an absolute or relative narrowing of the carpal tunnel, which results in a compression of the median nerve.
The investigators postulate, that a stiffer flexor retinaculum (roof of carpal tunnel) will be less compliant. As a consequence of this stiffer retinaculum the pressure in the carpal tunnel will rise more quickly in stiff patients resulting in CTS-complaints.
A relation between connective tissue composition and joint stiffness is proven. This relationship possibly extends to a relation between stiffness of the skin, joint stiffness and the prevalence of CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Correlation of Joint Stiffness and Stiffness of the Skin and the Prevelation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)|
- Joint stiffness [ Time Frame: In the 1st month ]The active range of motion (elbow, wrist, knee and ankle) is measured with a standard goniometer.
- Stiffness of the skin [ Time Frame: in the 1st month ]Skinstiffness is measured with a suction cup
- Physical activities [ Time Frame: In the 1st month ]Boston Questionairre
|Study Start Date:||May 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome
Patients with trigger fingers
Patients with Dupuytren
Trauma to the hand
Patients with an acute trauma to the hand
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01081860
|St Antonius Hospital|
|Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands, 3430EM|
|Principal Investigator:||A.B. Mink van der Molen, dr.||St. Antonius Hospital|