One month on, steroids beat splints in carpal tunnel

But it's fairly close, and both are viable options, study suggests.

Steroid injections may have the edge over wrist splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome, a small prospective trial suggests.


With few clinical trials and no clinical consensus regarding the best management of the condition, Hong Kong researchers compared nocturnal splinting with 20mg methylprednisolone in 50 patients presenting at a general hospital.

Both groups of patients had improved after one month, as measured by the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (steroid injection 0.44 points better; splinting 0.29 points better).