Effects of wrist traction on pain and hand functions in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome


COŞKUN G. , KIRDI N. , CAN F.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION-FIZYOTERAPI REHABILITASYON, cilt.22, ss.3-10, 2011 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 22 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Dergi Adı: TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION-FIZYOTERAPI REHABILITASYON
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.3-10

Özet

Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of traction in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) therapy. Material and methods: Sixty subjects with CTS were randomly allocated to two groups. Thirty subjects in the control group were treated with a conservative treatment method composed of hot pack, therapeutic ultrasound and exercise. Subjects in the traction group (N=30) underwent the same treatment program plus mechanic traction. Treatment lasted 3 weeks (5 days/week). All subjects were evaluated before and after treatment and the evaluations included pain and functional statement scales. Results: Results of the study presented statistically significant differences after the treatment in both groups (p<0.05). Intergroup comparisons of severity of the pain and functional level were found to be significantly different in favour of the traction group (p<0.05). Conclusion: It can be concluded that traction can be used as a method, increasing the effectiveness of treatment in patients with CTS.