Preliminary uncontrolled data indicate that some physiotherapy interventions might be beneficial.
A group of researchers from Australia, the Netherlands and the UK recently collaborated on a randomised trial to test whether physiotherapy interventions could ease symptoms for people with carpal tunnel syndrome while they are on the waiting list for surgery.
The researchers enrolled 105 participants and randomly allocated 52 of them to receive a one-off group session of education, splinting, and nerve and tendon gliding exercises.
The splinting was worn at night on an ongoing basis and the exercises were continued as a home program. The remaining participants (the control group) continued on the waiting list with no additional care.