The Effectiveness of the
FLEXTEND ® in
the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Kelley Clark and Tiffany Elder
John Medeiros, Ph.D., PT and Jay Salzman, BS, PT
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is
a repetitive disorder that is becoming common in
the work place. Jobs such as typing, meat packing,
computer programming and millwork can cause strain
and repeated compression of the carpal tunnel.
This compression can lead to median
nerve damage and the loss of function in the hand.
Many treatments have been attempted for CTS, yet
no known procedure has been highly effective to
decrease symptoms associated with CTS and prevent
the syndrome from reoccurring.
The FLEXTEND® glove has been
designed to treat CTS while strengthening the extensor
muscles of the hand, wrist and forearm.
Forty-nine hands were recruited
to participate in the study . Subjects were divided
into one of three groups:
1) FLEXTEND® Glove
2) Control Group