Date of Award
Physical Therapy (M.S.)
The assumed correlation between sensibility loss in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and hand function has not been supported by research. The purpose of this study is to examine this relationship. Thirteen subjects with CTS, no previous hand surgeries, hypothyroidism, or diabetes participated. The Weinstein Enhanced Sensory Test was used to assess sensibility and the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function Test was used to assess hand function. No correlations were found between sensibility loss and hand function. Despite a small sample, lack of correlation between sensibility loss in CTS and hand function is significant. It suggests that further research is needed.
Navarre, Bethany J. and Ware, Elizabeth A., "Relationship Between Sensibility Loss and Performance on the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function Test in Non-Surgical Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patients" (1998). Masters Theses. 398.