Author(s): Louie D, Earp B, Blazar P
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel release (CTR) is widely accepted as an effective surgical treatment method for idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. While the short-term literature is well substantiated, the "long-term" literature has rarely exceeded 2 years of follow-up, which may be inadequate for a chronic and potentially recurring disease such as carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: An English language literature search for long-term outcomes research on carpal tunnel release was made. Long-term is defined as 2 years or more after surgery. RESULTS: CTR is a highly effective procedure, but important aspects remain poorly understood, including recurrence and existing electromyographic data. Some study design issues exist with the current literature. CONCLUSIONS: Further high-quality research is needed.
This article was published in Hand (N Y)
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies