“Patients weren’t really receiving treatments in a three-year period after a diagnosis of [carpal tunnel syndrome], and they probably weren’t getting worse, because they weren’t receiving more treatments,” said Dr. Baker. Positioning may have been under-reported because patients could have purchased over-the-counter splints, she added.
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Dr. Baker followed this study with a new, not-yet-published study on the potential influence of a patient’s insurance type on the carpal tunnel syndrome treatments prescribed, using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Out of 23,236,000 total carpal tunnel syndrome treatments prescribed from 2005–2014, 51.2% were splints, she said.
Susan Bernstein is a freelance medical journalist based in Atlanta.
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