Your Health: Sep. 23, 2002

CARPAL CONUNDRUM For long-term relief from the painful wrist condition called carpal-tunnel syndrome, do you go for surgery or stick to the support of less-invasive wrist splints? Go for the knife, suggests a study of 176 patients, half of whom underwent surgery and half of whom wore splints. After three months, 80% of the surgery group showed improvement, in contrast to 54% of those who wore splints. After 18 months, 90% of the surgery patients had improved--and 41% of the others had opted for the operation.

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