Is conservative treatment as effective as surgical intervention for people with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Clinical Bottom Line
Surgical treatment of CTS results in better outcomes than splinting. However, splinting, as well as other treatments including ultrasound and nerve and tendon gliding exercises also indicated benefits in areas including decreased pain, decreased numbness, increased grip and pinch strength, decreased sleep disturbance, and improvements in nerve sensory and motor conduction.
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Ireland, Summer, "Is conservative treatment as effective as surgical intervention for people with carpal tunnel syndrome?" (2009). Physical Function CATs. 10.