I just finished reading these new carpal tunnel syndrome treatment guidelines. The medical community is trying to streamline the diagnostic and treatment procedures in an effort to reduce costs and improve patient care. Here is an excerpt from the always informative RSI-Relief Blog:
TheAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshas adopted a new clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is among the most common disorders of the upper extremity, with a high disease burden and significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Further, if the condition is diagnosed early, progression to irreversible damage to the nerve can be avoided in some patients. Proper diagnosis provides relief of the condition and minimizes such issues as healthcare costs and work time loss, while contributing to increased improvement in a patient’s daily functioning.
A workgroup to develop CTS treatment guidelines has been set up and work has begun on these guidelines, which may also include collaboration with other specialty societies.
Founded in 1933, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world. Its continuing medical education activities include a world-renowned Annual Meeting, multiple CME courses held around the country and at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, and various medical and scientific publications and electronic media materials.
My Comment: I have been treating CTS, and other repetitive stress injuries at my San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center for 15 years. CTS is one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed conditions there is. These guidelines will help, but they won't change the fact that most CTS related signs and symptoms stem from problems in the neck. That's just the real world truth. So...if you are suffering from hand pain and CTS related problems...you need a doctor that has lots of experience...preferably using nonsurgical drugless treatment methods.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Center...please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary CTS evaluation.