Carpal tunnel syndrome: manual therapy instead of surgery


Until now, the only treatment option for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome was surgery. Now a study in the renowned German Medical Journal has even concluded that manual therapy is just as effective as surgery.

Ärzteblatt study: Manual therapy better than surgery!

The study in the German Medical Journal compared the effects of a surgical procedure with weekly manual therapy. 50 of the 100 participants underwent surgical treatment; all had pain and sensory disturbances in the area supplied by the median nerve for at least 6 months.

The pressure pain threshold, the temperature pain threshold and the cold pain threshold were determined on a scale of 0-10 before therapy and three, six, nine and 12 months afterward.

According to the study , the patients who received manual treatment even reported lower pain levels after 3 months than those who underwent surgery. In the non-operated patients, the pressure pain threshold was even higher after 3, 6 and 9 months than in the operated women. So they were less sensitive to pain!

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Carpal tunnel syndrome: manual therapy instead of surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disease: 10% of people suffer from it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common nerve compression syndrome. It is estimated that around 10% of the population will develop CTS at some point in their lives.

Causes of narrowing of the carpal tunnel, through which the nerve runs, include anatomy, mechanical stress on the wrist, or inflammation. CTS causes radiating pain and temperature hypersensitivity as a result of central sensitization.

Those affected who want to avoid surgery can carry out manual therapy themselves using the innovative therapy device curpal®. curpal® is a new treatment method for carpal tunnel syndrome that allows surgery to be avoided by stretching the carpal tunnel.

curpal® does the same as surgery: no cutting, no side effects.

Using a cuff in combination with a hand pump and a manometer, a two-minute pressure of 180 to 200 mmHg treats the narrowing in the carpal tunnel. With three applications per day, significant improvements can be seen after just a few weeks.

The cuff of the curpal system is shaped like the letter C. The ingenious principle of the treatment is that the hand can be put into this C. If you now press the hand pump provided, air cushions in the curpal® handpiece are inflated, similar to a blood pressure monitor, and a spring-like tension is created that stretches the carpal canal.

Strictly speaking, the tight ligament above the carpal tunnel is stretched and the carpal tunnel is widened. The stretching gives the median nerve, which runs through the carpal canal, more space, the pressure on the nerve decreases and the symptoms of nerve pressure, such as tingling in the fingers, pain at night or numbness, subside.

curpal® is ideal for pregnant women.

Since the gentle method has no side effects, it can be used at any time and is even suitable for pregnant women, who usually only suffer from the symptoms temporarily anyway.

curpal® is a development of the company bayer Feinwerk based in Villingen-Schwenningen. Bayer Feinwerk focuses on the development of medical technology solutions. With curpal®, a simple, efficient and gentle treatment method has been developed to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome.

Study in the German Medical Journal

A study in the German Medical Journal shows that manual therapy is just as effective as surgery.

The randomized study concludes that manual and surgical treatments improve referred pressure pain sensitivity in carpal tunnel syndrome to a similar extent over a period of 12 months.

With the new therapy device curpal®, patients can now even carry out this manual therapy themselves and at home.

Click here to read the study, published in the German Medical Journal.


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