Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?.A must read Research!

Reference:Rosmaryn LM, Dovelles, Rothman ER, Gorman K, Plvey K, Bartko J (1998) “Nerve and tendon gliding exercises and the conservative management of carpal tunnel syndrome”. Journal of Hand Therapy (11)171-179


  • CTS has reached epidemic proportions
  • Current managements include splinting, NSAID medications, steroid injections and ergonomic modifications which are frequently ineffective and often leading to surgical treatment in the end
  • A 1998 research involved 197 patients (240 hands) with CTS who were divided into two groups
  • Both groups were treated by standard conservative methods, and those in one group were also treated with a program of nerve and tendon gliding exercises

    Result:Of those who did not perform the nerve and tendon gliding exercises, 71% underwent surgery, compared with only 43% of the patients who performed them

    Clinical Relevance: Excellent statistically and clinically significant evidence to show therapy can spare the surgical morbidity and the cost of carpal tunnel release in many patients

    Note: This research was conducted by Occupational Therapists and Medical Doctors

    Clinical Relevance #2: Use this research, for marketing the evidence based of our treatments

    Posted on: February 13, 2002

    Categories: Wrist & Hand

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