Extracorporeal shock wave therapy and ultrasound therapy improve pain and function in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. A randomized controlled trial

M. Paoloni, E. Tavernese, A. Cacchio, V. D'Orazi, F. Ioppolo, M. Fini, V. Santilli, M. Mangone

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Abstract

Background: Ultrasound (US) therapy improves symptoms in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) patients. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) uses acoustic energy to determine its clinical effects, as US-therapy does. Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the shortterm efficacy of US and ESWT on mild and moderate CTS. Study design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: University outpatient service. Population: Twenty-five patients with mild to moderate CTS, for a total of 42 wrists. Methods: patients were randomized to receive US, cryo-US or ESWT, and were evaluated for pain and function before treatment started, at the end of treatment, and four and 12 weeks after the end of the treatment. Results: Significant improvement was noted in all groups for pain (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-528
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume51
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • High-energy shock waves
  • Physical therapy modalities
  • Ultrasonic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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