Giacomo De Paoli
Dipolo is a device that can relieve and treat the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. It consists of an electrostimulation unit strapped to the arm and a stress ball made of a conductive material.
By creating an electric field between the two units, the nerve in the wrist can be stimulated, relieving the user’s pain.
Electricity applied to the body (TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) helps to strengthen muscles, blocks pain signals and improves blood circulation.
The effectiveness of the treatment can be increased by adjusting the intensity of the electric field on the device.
The user can actively contribute to the therapy through exercises that have been designed in collaboration with a specialised physiotherapist.
The customised stress ball is designed with a shape that accommodates its functional use, but at the same time, is pleasant to the touch and to the eye in order to encourage people performing the treatment.
What makes it smart / innovative?:
Dipolo is the first medical device that allows you to exercise while receiving electrostimulation treatment. It’s something that has never been done before and you can’t find products alike on the market.
Dipolo is a new concept to encourage people to treat themselves actively, a relaxing hobby and a stress reliever to be performed 10 minutes a day.
Why is it relevant for the final user?:
3-6% of the adult population suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is a syndrome often caused by repetitive motion of the wrist tendons. The disorder mainly affects people in the manufacturing industry and those who spend long hours in front of the screen.
If left untreated, in the worst cases it can lead to loss of hand sensitivity. Thanks to this new device, these people can find relief and focus on the important things in life. Dipolo represents a concrete alternative to surgery to treat the syndrome.
In addition, if the user decides to have surgery due to excessive pain, the device can be used for rehabilitation and the regaining of hand sensitivity.