Health: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the National Health Service, for each of the past five years, of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in the general population.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what treatments are currently used for carpal tunnel syndrome in the National Health Service.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In mild to moderate cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms should pass within six months, without the need for surgical treatment or the use of medication. This is particularly likely in people who are under 30 years of age and in pregnant women.

Wrist splints can help for mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, while for more severe cases corticosteroids or surgery may be required.

Information on the incidence, and the cost to the National Health Service, of carpal tunnel syndrome is not collected.

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