Skill Checkup: Carpal Tunnel Steroid Injection

Dean H. Hommer, MD


October 16, 2019

Corticosteroid injections have been shown to have a benefit in carpal tunnel syndrome compared with placebo. Steroid injection combined with splinting has been shown to be superior to splinting alone. The effects of corticosteroid injection appear to be time-limited, and benefit beyond 1 month is unclear. Two steroid injections do not appear to add significant clinical benefit versus one injection. Local injections have been shown to be superior to systemic corticosteroids.

This Skill Checkup was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape Drugs & Diseases article  Carpal Tunnel Steroid Injection

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