Use of wrist splint section needs a tweak

paulcooper555
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The question where the site asks if person is using a splint provided/prescribed by doctor needs an update to align with new guidance from NHS direct.

In NHS direct Beta site it recommends that suspected CTS sufferers should wear a CTS splint at night for 4-weeks prior to consulting a doctor. I am in this phase at the moment but filling the survey to the letter I stated no splint recommended by doctor. In fact the thing I bought from Boots 'seems' to be helping calm symptoms (early days).

Paul

jeremydpbland
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It appears that only a handful of GPs manage to provide/prescribe splints, and indeed some CCGs have explicitly decided that patients should go and buy their own. I'll have to look at the latest NHS direct - ideally people should complete the questionnaire here first I think and only go on to try a splint in the first instance if they score more than about 20%. JB

paulcooper555
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Hi Jeremy,

First my apologies, I should have pasted the relevant link for you... but my wrist was hurting yesterday so I was all left-handed!
Today, I have located the link for you: https://beta.nhs.uk/conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/
I refer to the blue box section that says....."See a GP if:
your symptoms are getting worse or aren’t going away
treatment at home isn’t working"

Hence my comment above.
I came to your site after checking NHS site first.

Thanks for maintaining a useful and usable site on the internet.

Paul

jeremydpbland
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Thanks. NHS choices generally send their stuff on CTS to me for comment so I have had some input into that draft. They are trying to keep their online advice as simple as possible but inevitably some nuances get lost. I hope that this site compensates. The splint question on here was originally written in paper form 20+ years ago. I have to be careful about how I change the questions in order to maintain the validity of the underlying analytical algorithms - which are based on analysis of how several thousand people both with CTS and other hand problems answer this particular set of questions. The supplementary information on that question page was intended to allow for a wider range of interpretations regarding what is considered an acceptable splint trial. JB

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