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Research Article

Clinical Usefulness of Oral Supplementation with Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Curcumin Phytosome, and B-Group Vitamins in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Undergoing Surgical Treatment

Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the three study groups at (three months before scheduled surgery).

VariableGroup A ( ), no treatmentGroup B ( ),
supplementation 3 months before and 3 months after surgery
Group C ( ),
supplementation 3 months before surgery only

Age, years 0.14
Male sex, ( )12 (20%)15 (25%)17 (28.3%)0.56
Hyperalgesia 0.34
Paresthesia 0.32
Nocturnal symptoms <0.05
Limitations to everyday life
<0.01
Positive Tinel’s test, ( )60 (100%)58 (96.6%)57 (95%)0.21
Positive Phalen’s test, ( )
56 (93.3%)51 (85%)53 (88.3%)0.34

Hyperalgesia, paresthesia, nocturnal symptoms, and limitations to everyday life were rated on a 6-point Likert scale ranging from 0 (minimum) to 5 (maximum). Data are expressed as counts and percentages or means and standard deviations, as appropriate. Statistically significant differences across the study groups are marked in bold.

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