CarpalAID has launched as a way to relieve painful carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms without drugs, braces or surgery, its maker claims.
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects more than 8 million people a year. Women suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome at twice the rate of men.
The common methods of treating CTS are painful surgery, the use of NSAIDs or steroids, or mobilization with uncomfortable hand braces or gloves.
CarpalAID, which is registered with the FDA, is a clear patch worn on the palm of the hand.
It lifts the pressure off the median nerve and relieves pain within 10 to 20 minutes. Clinical trials of CarpalAID resulted in 70% positive outcomes, the maker said.
Longtime engineer and CarpalAID inventor Joseph Nazari suffers from CTS on both hands. After having surgery on one hand, he sought another way to relieve the debilitating pain.
Nazari tested various methods, including gluing a piece of cardboard to his hand and pulling on it. This immediately released the pressure on the median nerve — and relieved the pain.
After more studying and testing, the final result was CarpalAID.
CarpalAID, which is made in the U.S., will soon be available at pharmacies nationwide. More information about CarpalAID can be found online at CarpalAID.com.
Does it work? We checked the reviews on Amazon, (where there were reviews despite the product not yet being fully available.) User reviews were mixed. One reviewer with “severe carpal tunnel” said it didn’t work for her degree of need. There were other one-star reviews as well.
Others said it helped with pain and numbness, and offered enthursiastic praise.
CarpalAID might be worth a try when it’s fully available. It seems to work for some people and, at $30, it’s a fairly inexpensive alternative to more involved therapies, or even the cumbersome braces available.