Evidence-Based Medicine: Current Evidence in the Diagnosis and Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Abstract

Learning Objectives:

After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Create a safe and effective plan for management of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2. Support his or her rationale for the use of diagnostic tests. 3. Discuss elements of management that have been controversial, including anesthesia, the use of a tourniquet, postoperative pain control, and cost of care.

Summary:

This is the fourth MOC-PS CME article on carpal tunnel syndrome. Each of the prior three has had a slightly different focus, and the reader is invited to review all to generate a comprehensive view of the management of this common, and often controversial, topic. The operative goal—to release the transverse carpal ligament—is straightforward: diagnosis, cause, and technique have generated more vibrant discussions.

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