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Case Report  |   January 1993
Myofascial release of carpal tunnel syndrome
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Case Report   |   January 1993
Myofascial release of carpal tunnel syndrome
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1993, Vol. 93, 92. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.1.92
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1993, Vol. 93, 92. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.1.92
Abstract

Current treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may be ineffective or associated with complications or recurrence. In the case reported here, a myofascial release by the physician combined with the patient's self-stretch reduced pain and numbness and improved electromyographic results. The manipulative approach releases the transverse carpal ligament,-and "opens" or dilates the canal. The patient stretches the wrist, digits, and thumb, including myofascial components. An aggressive, conservative approach lessens the need for surgery in mild to moderate cases. Studies with magnetic resonance imaging may be helpful to document canal size before and after treatment.