Allied Health FLEXTEND® Study - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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October 24, 2000

The enclosed research data which we have completed, concerning your therapeutic orthotic, 'Flextend', has proven favorable in the treatment of patients, who present with carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis and tendonitis.

Our clinical parameters in testing this orthotic was both occupational and non-occupational incidence. The outcome of 20 female and 16 male, were 80.2% for pain reduction following 15 treatments. The overall population resulted in 74.9% complete recovery. The treatment was in combination with an adjunct of ultrasound and sine wave. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity in performing this study.



ALLIED HEALTH & ASSOCIATES

RESEARCH STUDY
For health care professionals

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of the Flextend Orthotic glove in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and epicondylitis pathological disorders.

ABSTRACT:

The study of contributing factors in the development exacerbation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities in both occupations and non-occupational settings.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

Upon examination of cases presented, patients suffered signs and symptom characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and epicondylitis.

Magnetic resonance imaging and nerve conduction velocity testing confirmed the diagnosis of each case.

INTERVENTION:

The Flextend Glove is a constructed glove with tubular attachments on the five finger inserts, that attach to a circular band that is placed around the bicep as an anchor When utilization of both agonist -antagonist interact, it causes a needed balance between the flexors and extensors of the fingers and wrist, that allows the weak counterpart no resistance and subsequently becoming stronger to perform the action without pain.

The treatment methods utilizing the FLEXTEND glove; requires a treatment outline and clinical decision based on each patient's circumstances and evaluation of symptoms, examination findings and imaging analysis. The treatment will require physical therapeutic measures to reduce inflammation and acute or exacerbated pain. Ultrasound and since wave in combination, offers great benefits and the patient relates to the rapid, deep penetration and stimulation.

CONSLUSION:

The flextend glove has demonstrated that balance, strength and stability is the cornerstone of upper extremity treatment results. There must be a three stage treatment objective. Orthotic therapy, rehabilitative exercise and prophylactic management. This is essential in restoring structural and functional integrity.

MEDICAL REFERENCES:

  1. Dannet X-Fry, a muscle biopsy study. "Overuse Syndrome" Lancet 1=905.8.
  2. Janet G. Travell, M.D. and David G. Simons, M.D., Myofacial Pain and Dysfunction, The Manual Vol. 1 Upper Extremities, Ch: 35, Pg. 501. Copyright 1983.
  3. Phillip E. Higgs, M.D., Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. Department of Surgery, Washington State School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Annv. Rev. Med. 1995. 46: 1-16.
  4. Corrie Holloway, D.C.O., Q.M.E., Clinical Director Allied Health & Associates, Los Angeles, CA. 06/01/2000 to 10/01/2000.
  5. Mel Braxton, D.C. Sports Injury Rehabilitation Specialist Allied Health & Associates, Los Angeles, CA. 06/01/2000 to 10/01/2000.