Treatment Preferences of Physical Therapists in Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Cross Sectional Survey

2022 Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects one out of ten people throughout their lives, and repetitive work related conditions affecting wrist and hand are the most common cause of prolonged absenteeism from work and limited functional ability. Multiple physical therapy interventions have been used by physical therapists for reducing pain severity, increasing range of motion and decreasing functional limitations in carpal tunnel syndrome. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 196 physical
more » ... herapists in Karachi, Pakistan. Demographic data of physical therapists was obtained, as well as information regarding carpal tunnel syndrome and its intervention techniques used. Conclusion: There existed variability among the treatment preferences of physical therapists regarding the management of carpal tunnel syndrome. A majority of respondents (72.4%) used nerve mobilization techniques, and therapeutic ultrasound was given by 66.3%. The least common intervention used was myofascial release (28.1%). Different approaches had been given in combination as well, which showed that physical therapists are also aware about the recent approaches and their effects for the management of CTS.
doi:10.37506/ijpot.v16i2.18042 fatcat:pj6jbo7synhkplhfyqalw3xzla