Thursday, February 10, 2005

Steroid as effective as surgery for Carpal Tunnel

"Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS affects 3 percent of the U.S. population but there is no universally accepted therapy. Madrid researchers suggest steroid injection is just as effective as surgery for the long-term symptomatic relief of carpal tunnel syndrome -- for a year, at least -- and actually more effective over the short term. 'This is the first randomized controlled clinical trial comparing the two most common therapies for CTS,' writes study author Dr. Domingo Ly-Pen in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. 'Our findings suggest that both local steroid injections and surgical decompression are highly effective in alleviating the symptoms of primary CTS at 12 months of follow-up. Nevertheless, local injection seems superior to surgery in the short term.' "

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