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Title: What is the best nonsurgical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Author: Aukerman, Douglas F.; Lewis, Daniel; Sullo, Elaine J.
Keywords: wrist pain
stepwise approach
Date: 2010-12
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 13(12): 01-02.
Abstract: Steroid injection is effective for both short- and long-term relief of symptoms in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, while oral steroids are effective only for short-term relief (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, based on meta-analyses). Wrist splinting is also associated with reduced symptoms at a 2- to 6-week follow-up (SOR: B, based on small clinical trials). Ultrasound is not effective at 2 weeks, but may reduce symptoms by 7 weeks (SOR: B, based on small clinical trials).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/9511

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