A relief maneuver in carpal tunnel syndrome

Muscle Nerve. 1999 Nov;22(11):1587-9. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-4598(199911)22:11<1587::aid-mus15>3.0.co;2-m.


We describe a maneuver that eases or abolishes paresthesias in carpal tunnel syndrome. With the affected hand palm up, the distal metacarpal heads are gently squeezed together; in some instances stretch of digits III and IV is also required. This maneuver may help in the clinical diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, can be useful as a means of relieving symptoms, and provides the basis for the design of an innovative splint.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / complications
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / therapy*
  • Female
  • Fingers
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Paresthesia / etiology
  • Paresthesia / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Pressure
  • Treatment Outcome