Publication: The relationship of pain on the upper extremity functions and quality of life in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of study was researching the relationship of pain in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome on Quality of Life (QoL) and upper limb functionality. METHODS: Demographical and physical measurements were performed by a physiotherapist. Pain levels were measured by Visuel Analog Scale at rest, on motion and in fatigue, and the patients- results were recorded. Functionality levels were evaluated by -Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire- and QoL by -Short Form 12- (SF-12). Patients had 10 sessions of the physiotherapy and rehabilitation program. Assessments were repeated 1 month later. RESULTS: The mean age 49.97 11.15 years of 28 patients were included. While pre- and post-treatment between pain and functionality evaluation found a significant relationship (p 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: As a result while we found statistical differences between pain and symptomatic status; there were no statistical differences between functionality, daily living activities and QoL. Appropriate rehabilitation programs should be taken into consideration to help patients obtain functionality, daily living activities and QoL.