Effects of Upper Extremity Manual Lymphatic Drainage on Symptom Severity, Hand Functions, Electrophysiological and Ultrasonographic Measurements in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Istanbul Medeniyet University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatments

Other: manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT05490420
2022/0344

Details and patient eligibility

About

This study is aimed to investigate the effects of upper extremity manual lymphatic drainage, which is applied to remove edema from the carpal tunnel region in addition to conventional exercise therapy in Carpal tunnel syndrome patients on findings of clinical, ultrasonographic, and electrophysiological.

Full description

Thirtyfour volunteer participants between aged 40 and 60 years, who met the inclusion criteria, will be included in the study. Participants will be randomly divided into two groups experimental and control groups. While the control group will receive only conventional exercises, the experimental group will receive both conventional exercises and upper extremity manual lymphatic drainage. A total of 3 measurements will be made before the treatment, after the treatment and 1 month after the end of the treatment. Symptom severity will be evaluated via Boston carpal tunnel syndrome questionnaire, grip strength via hand dynamometer, pressure pain threshold via digital algometer device, cross-sectional area of the median nerve via ultrasound, and median nerve conduction velocity via superficial EMG device.

Enrollment

27 patients

Sex

All

Ages

40 to 60 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • People aged between 40-60 years
  • Having been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) at least 6 months ago or having symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome for at least 6 months
  • Having mild (median nerve sensory conduction velocity below 40 m/sec) and moderate (median nerve sensory conduction velocity below 40 m/sec and median motor distal latency 4 ms and above) CTS according to electrophysiological findings
  • Not having received medical treatment and/or physiotherapy for CTS in the last 6 months

Exclusion criteria

  • Having cervical radiculopathy
  • Having thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Presence of systemic disease that may lead to CTS, such as diabetes or thyroid disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Presence of anemia
  • Having a history of CTS surgery
  • Presence of radial or ulnar nerve sensory-motor lesions accompanying the present condition
  • Presence of lymphedema
  • Having severe (Sensory nerve action potential cannot be obtained) and severe (Sensory nerve action potential cannot be obtained, but combined muscle action potential is not present) CTS according to electrophysiological findings

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

27 participants in 2 patient groups

Control
Sham Comparator group
Description:
17 participants who meet the inclusion criteria will be applied conventional exercise which includes nerve gliding and tendon gliding exercises. And also sham (placebo) upper extremity manual lymphatic drainage will be applied. Sham (placebo) manual lymphatic drainage will include only classical massage not manual lymphatic drainage techniques. Participants will be treated for a total of 6 weeks, 2 days a week. Each session will last approximately 20-30 minutes, and the exercises will be performed in 3 sets with 10 repetitions.
Treatment:
Other: manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
experimental
Experimental group
Description:
17 participants who meet the inclusion criteria will be applied both conventional exercise and upper manual lymphatic drainage (MLD). MLD is a manual technique that is applied to the lymphatic system with a pressure of approximately 40-50mmHg and increases the working speed of lymphatic nodules/collectors. Its main purpose is to support microcirculation by accelerating lymphatic flow and to prevent/remove interstitial fluid accumulation that may cause fascial adhesions. Within the scope of this research, an application will be made to cover the entire upper extremity lymphatic system. MLD will last approximately 20-30 minutes. Conventional exercise, which includes nerve gliding and tendon gliding exercises, will be performed in 3 sets with 10 repetitions. Participants will be treated for a total of 6 weeks, 2 days a week.
Treatment:
Other: manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)

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