Manual Physical Therapy VS Surgery

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Photo of a person rubbing their hand to signify potential early onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. Image has text overlay: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Manual Physical Therapy Versus Surgery

A new comprehensive study examines the long-term effectiveness of manual physical therapy versus surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

In a recently released four-year-follow-up data, the primary finding was that in terms of symptom severity and perceived improvement, physical therapy was similar in effectiveness as surgery.

The treatment procedures were a combination of manual therapy directed at neural desensitization and a nerve gliding exercise program, which is thoroughly explained in the study.

Presently, this is the longest term follow-up for carpal tunnel rehabilitation versus surgery. This information may indicate that rehabilitation could be an appropriate first-line intervention for this condition. Read the full text here.

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