Surgery suggested for carpal tunnel sufferers

September 25, 2009 2:36:59 PM PDT
What works best at getting rid of carpal tunnel syndrome? Doctors have been debating the various treatments for years. New research in The Lancet medical journal compared surgery to non-surgical hand therapy and ultrasound. When researchers examined patients a year later, they found that those who had the surgery had modestly better hand function and fewer symptoms.

Because the difference was modest, researchers suggest patients may prefer to try non-surgical treatments before taking on the potential risks of surgery. But, for those who find little relief, they recommend surgery.