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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