PT for CTS... a Waste of Time?

Reference:Page MJ et al Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jun 13;6:CD009899.

This most recent Cochrane Review on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) included 16 RCTs and concluded that, to date, the evidence suggests that conservative management of CTS thus far is pretty much a waste of time!

The article recommends that health care providers (i.e. PTs) should inform patients that there is limited evidence that our intervention is of any value for CTS.

Ultrasound for CTS: poor evidence!
Splinting for CTS: poor evidence!

Personal Comment: Although I don’t bluntly come out and say that to my patients, I do at some point say that injection or surgery may be considered if no change is noticed in 3 months

Posted on: October 11, 2015

Categories: Wrist & Hand

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