Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 5 - 2020
Anthroposophical Medicine for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Lucilene Silva Ruiz e Resende1*, Gustavo Luvizutto1, Trajano Sardenberg2, Ricardo Ghelman3 and Acary Bulle Souza Oliveira3
1Haematology, Botucatu Medical School, São Paulo State University, UNESP, Brazil
2Orthopaedics, Botucatu Medical School, São Paulo State University, UNESP, Brazil
3Neurology, Federal University of São Paulo, UNIFESP, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Lucilene Silva Ruiz e Resende, Department of Internal Medicine, Botucatu School of Medicine, São Paulo State University, UNESP, Brazil.
Received: February 22, 2020; Published: April 07, 2020




Abstract

Introduction: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is debilitating, very common, and all known treatments have controversial results. Anthroposophical methods for treating CTS have not previously been employed. The objective of this study was to observe whether anthroposophical therapy is effective in treating CTS.

Materials and Methods: A total of 21 female patients with bilateral CTS were divided into 3 groups, a) 14 hands treated daily with self-applied mixed anthroposophical gel on the wrists (90 days); b) 14 hands treated daily with self-applied placebo gel on the wrists plus weekly anthroposophical external therapy - AET (90 days); c) 14 hands treated with self-applied mixed anthroposophical gel plus weekly AET (90 days). Numerical data from 4 different questionnaires and sensory and motor conduction studies were obtained before and after treatment for statistical analysis.

Results: Subjective overall improvement was seen in all groups; evidence of improvement by statistical analysis was obtained from 3 of the 4 questionnaires; improvements in conduction study results were observed in Group C.

Conclusion: Anthroposophical treatment is a well-tolerated good non-surgical option for treating CTS. 

Keywords: Anthroposophy; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Treatment

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Citation: Lucilene Silva Ruiz e Resende., et al. “Anthroposophical Medicine for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”. EC Neurology 12.5 (2020): 01-06.

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