What is Carpal Aid?
CarpalAID is a revolutionary invention developed for functional support of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is a non-invasive medical device that is used externally in the palm of the patient’s hand. CarpalAID is a single use disposable product that can be worn on either hand to alleviate symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome wherever and whenever needed – at work, on the go, or even overnight! The skin lifting mechanism developed by our research and development team provides the median nerve with the respite required from the compression that it has succumbed to. By lifting the skin above the Carpal Tunnel ligament in the wrist/palm area, the pressure applied to the nerve is removed.
CarpalAID is perfect for people suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome aches and strain from hands-on occupations or repetitive motion. Jobs that involve repetitive wrist movement include manufacturing, assembly line work, keyboarding occupations, grasping tools, scanning groceries, construction work and many more.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects the hand and wrist. The carpal tunnel is an area or tunnel within the wrist. This tunnel is surrounded by wrist bones as well as by a rigid ligament linking the bones together. The flexing tendons of the fingers and thumb and the median nerve are also within the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is what carries signals from the brain that control action of the fingers and hand in addition to relaying information about temperature, touch and, unfortunately, pain. It also controls sweating of the hand. The median nerve controls the thumb, index and middle finger, and ring finger. Swelling of the tendons from overuse or repeated motion within the carpal tunnel reduces the space in the carpal tunnel, squeezing the median nerve and causing feelings of numbness, terrible pain, tingling and clumsiness of the affected hand.
Why does carpal tunnel syndrome happen in the first place?
Every time the wrist bends or the fingers move, muscles and tendons are used. Tendons within the hand are surrounded by sheaths that produce a slippery fluid which helps to lubricate the tendons. The lubrication is necessary for the tendons to have smooth and normal functioning. Repetitive or excessive motion can cause several things to transpire with the lubricating fluid within the sheaths, such as not producing enough fluid or possibly producing fluid with poor lubricating qualities. Improperly lubricated tendons cause friction and swelling of the tendon area resulting in swelling of the median nerve… which then causes fibrous tissue to form, thickening the tendon sheath, hindering tendon movement and causing often excruciating pain.
Can carpal tunnel syndrome be cured?
Carpal tunnel syndrome cannot be cured; however, there are temporary ways including resting the affected hand, taking anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections, NSAIDs, the use of cold packs or a splint to restrict movement of the hand. Sometimes physicians may suggest surgery, a painful and expensive operation to cut the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve.
But now there is CarpalAID, an easy, economical way to help alleviate or lessen the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome without invasive surgery.
Is carpal tunnel syndrome arthritis?
Arthritis can mimic the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although also very painful and possibly caused by a medical problem such as rheumatoid arthritis, in general, arthritis is not the same thing as carpal tunnel syndrome. Getting a proper diagnosis is important.