9 things to know about carpal tunnel syndrome
New guidelines for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) have been released by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
They recommend a multi-faceted approach to diagnosis and warn against over-reliance on any one test or manoeuvre to diagnose the condition. Here are eight key recommendations:
- Thenar atrophy is strongly associated with CTS, but its absence is not enough to rule out the condition;
- A single result from one of the common tests ( Phalen test, Tinel Sign, Flick Sign, upper limb neurodynamic/nerve tension test) is not enough to definitely diagnose CTS;