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The chiropractic management of carpal tunnel syndrome

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. M. Moodley; Dr. B. Losco en_US
dc.contributor.author Germishuizen, Jenny-Lee
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T07:30:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-10T07:30:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.date.submitted 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7243
dc.description M.Tech. en_US
dc.description.abstract This unblinded, controlled pilot study was undertaken to determine if wrist manipulations and mobilisations are valuable in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel syndrome in comparison to ultrasound therapy and transverse friction. Patients were treated at the Technikon Witwatersrand day clinic as well as at the Meyersdal Chiropractic Clinic, both situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Thirty patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome were selected for this study. Subjects were recruited using advertisements put up at the Technikon Witwatersrand campus as well as advertising in the local newspapers and a church newsletter. The patients were divided into two groups of fifteen. Group A received wrist manipulations and mobilisations and group B received ultrasound therapy and transverse friction. Patients were treated nine times over a three week period. Objective data was recorded using a Jamar grip strength dynamometer to test grip strength and two-point discrimination was measured using a vernier caliper. Subjective data was recorded using the Carpal Tunnel function disability form. Subjective and objective data was recorded on the first, sixth and ninth treatment. The results revealed that both group A and group B benefited from the treatment. However, group A had better results overall than group B. Both groups showed statistical significant differences in either the subjective or objective measurements. In conclusion it can be noted that chiropractic manipulations and mobilisations are effective in the management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ultrasound therapy together with transverse friction was also effective in the management of this condition but not to the same degree as the chiropractic care. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic en_US
dc.subject Carpal Tunnel syndrome en_US
dc.subject Wrist manipulations en_US
dc.subject Ultrasound therapy en_US
dc.subject Transverse friction en_US
dc.title The chiropractic management of carpal tunnel syndrome en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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