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Primary care management of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome referred to surgeons: are non-operative interventions effectively utilised?
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    Re: Carpal tunnel - Are non-operative interventions effectively utilised?

    The authors thank Henke Giele for his contribution to this discussion. We are pleased to see that he allows for some delaying of a curative operation in isolated cases when the inconvenience of the procedure and its recovery are untimely. He goes on to state that there is a correlation between severity of post-operative complaints and chronicity of symptoms and cites three papers that come to that conclusion. However...

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    Carpal tunnel - Are non-operative interventions effectively utilised?

    Yes, the poor use of non-operative interventions (as reported in this article) does indeed seem to be the effective use of these interventions that (the authors themselves acknowledge) are not curative but merely delay the curative operation.

    On both economic and patient parameters it is more economic to proceed directly with the curative intervention than waste resources and time attempting non-curative inter...

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