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Despite surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) being effective in 80-90% of cases, chronic numbness and hand disability can occur. The aim of this study was to investigate whether sensory relearning improves tactile discrimination and hand function after decompression. In a multi-centre, pragmatic, randomized, controlled trial, 104 patients were randomized to sensory relearning (n=52) or control (n=52) group. 93 patients completed 12 week follow-up. Primary outcome was the Shape-Texture Identification (STI) test at 6 weeks. Secondary outcomes were touch threshold, touch localisation, dexterity and self-reported hand function. No significant group differences were seen for the primary outcome (STI) at 6 weeks or 12 weeks. Similarly, no significant group differences were observed on secondary outcomes, with the exception of self-reported hand function. A secondary Complier-Averaged-CausalEffects (CACE) analysis showed no statistically significant treatment effect on the primary outcome. Sensory relearning for tactile sensory and functional deficits after carpal tunnel decompression is not effective.
- Norwich Medical School - Professor of Medical Statistics
- Epidemiology and Public Health - Member
- Health Services and Primary Care - Member
- Norwich Clinical Trials Unit - Member
- Public Health and Health Services Research - Member
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