Comparison of local steroid injection and pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation for the treatment of mild idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome [Hafif Dereceli idiopatik karpal tünel sendromu tedavisinde lokal steroid enjeksiyonu ve pulse radyofrekans nöromodulasyon tedavisinin karşılaştırılması]
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Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of local steroid injection and pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation for the treatment of mild idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. Methods: Fifty-nine patients investigated retrospectively. The results of local steroid injection for the treatment of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome in 28 patients were compared with pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation in 31 patients. The visual analogue scale and neuropathic pain scale scores were evaluated before and 1, 3 and 6 months after treatment in both groups. Results: Following the procedure, each patient reported an absence of pain, disappearance or reduction of paraesthesia and improvement in hand function. At 1, 3 and 6 months after the procedure, there was significant improvement in visual analog scale and neuropathic pain scale scores compared to the preprocedure states in both groups. The improvement rates of preprocedure and postprocedure visual analog scale scores and neuropathic pain scale scores were similar for both groups except postprocedure sixth month scores. There was a statistically significant difference in neuropathic pain scale scores at postoperative sixth month between the local steroid injection and pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation groups so that local steroid injection reported more effective. Conclusion: Local steroid injection gives better long-term results than pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation for the treatment of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. © 2016, Ege University Press. All Rights Reserved.