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Altern Med Rev. 2002 Aug;7(4):328-35.

Effect of ceramic-impregnated "thermoflow" gloves on patients with Raynaud's syndrome: randomized, placebo-controlled study.

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Alternative Medicine Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. gordon.ko@swchsc.on.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the efficacy of ceramic impregnated gloves in the treatment of Raynaud's syndrome.

DESIGN:

Double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

SETTING:

Teaching hospital outpatient clinic.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ninety-three patients meeting the "Pal" criteria for Raynaud's syndrome.

INTERVENTIONS:

Treatment period of three months with use of ceramic-impregnated gloves.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Primary end points: Pain visual analogue scale ratings and diary; Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, Hand questionnaire; Jamar grip strength; Purdue board test of hand dexterity. Secondary end points: Infrared skin temperature measurements; seven-point Likert scale rating of treatment.

RESULTS:

In 60 participants with complete data, improvements were noted in the visual analogue scale rating (p=0.001), DASH score (p=0.001), Jamar grip strength (p=0.002), infrared skin fingertip temperature (p=0.003), Purdue hand dexterity test (p=0.0001) and the Likert scale (p=0.001) with ceramic gloves over the placebo cotton gloves.

CONCLUSION:

The ceramic-impregnated "thermoflow" gloves have a clinically important effect in Raynaud's syndrome.

PMID:
12197784
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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