Traction for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Published on under Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to the research team, 43% of the participants in the usual care group had undergone surgical carpal tunnel release in the allotted timeframe compared to just 25% of the patients in the mechanical traction group. The authors concluded that mechanical traction appeared to be an effective conservative treatment option for the CTS patient. Treatment guidelines recommend that patients exhaust all non-surgical treatment options before considering surgery, unless warranted otherwise.
However, as with any musculoskeletal condition, it’s important to identify all contributing factors of a patient’s chief complaint. In the case of a patient with suspected CTS, there may or may not be median nerve compression at the wrist. Similarly, median nerve compression can occur elsewhere along the course of the nerve from the neck into the hand. There may also be non-musculoskeletal causes for inflammation in the carpal tunnel that would need to be addressed in conjunction with other healthcare providers in order for the patient to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
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