Steroid Injection Betters Hand Function With Carpal Tunnel

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Steroid Injection Betters Hand Function With Carpal Tunnel
Steroid Injection Betters Hand Function With Carpal Tunnel

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Local steroid injection is effective for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and improves hand function, according to a small study published online Sept. 13 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Ho So, from Kwong Wah Hospital in Hong Kong, and colleagues randomized patients to either treatment with local steroid injection (25 participants) or nocturnal wrist splinting (25 participants) for treatment of CTS.

The researchers found that four weeks after treatment there was significant improvement in Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ) scores for both groups. However, there was no statistically significant difference in BCTQ scores between the two groups after treatment. Only the steroid group saw improvement in finger dexterity. The steroid group also had higher patient satisfaction scores and, as a group, the patients took fewer painkillers after treatment.

"Although local steroid injection and nocturnal wrist splinting were equally effective in the treatment of patients with CTS, only the former improved objective hand function," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled

Bodybuilding products have highest mislabeling rate; many mislabeled products tied to liver injury

Alcoholic Cirrhosis Linked to Increased Admissions, Costs

Alcoholic Cirrhosis Linked to Increased Admissions, Costs

Compared with non-alcoholic cirrhosis, excess 30-day readmissions total 29.2 per 100 patients

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »