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Clinical Question

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.


This CAT was originally posted December 14, 2009. An updated version has been posted as of November 1, 2010.