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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand. Treatment of the condition often involves surgery.
In this study we wish to se if there is an effect of using intramuscular stimulation (IMS) to release the tension of nervus medianus in the lower arm. The study will be performed by randomization to IMS of musculus pronator teres or a control ("Scam IMS treatment" to the acupuncture point Li11). The two insertion points are approximately 1cm apart in the lower arm.
The most important outcome measure is ultra sound measured diameters for nervus medianus in the carpal tunnel
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Bio-equivalence Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Needle in acupuncture point Li11, IMS of the musculus pronator teres
Uni Health, Uni Research
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:33-0400
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Disease involving the median nerve, from its origin at the BRACHIAL PLEXUS to its termination in the hand. Clinical features include weakness of wrist and finger flexion, forearm pronation, thenar abduction, and loss of sensation over the lateral palm, first three fingers, and radial half of the ring finger. Common sites of injury include the elbow, where the nerve passes through the two heads of the pronator teres muscle (pronator syndrome) and in the carpal tunnel (CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME).
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The articulations between the various CARPAL BONES. This does not include the WRIST JOINT which consists of the articulations between the RADIUS; ULNA; and proximal CARPAL BONES.
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The burning of a small, thimble sized, smoldering plug of dried leaves on the SKIN at an ACUPUNCTURE point. Usually the plugs contain leaves of MUGWORT or moxa.
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