There are many treatment options for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. The specific choice of treatment modality depends on the severity of median nerve dysfunction (ie, mild, moderate, or severe) and the patient's preference.
Mild to Moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For patients with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome, conservative or non-surgical treatment is considered a reasonable first option with successful outcomes ranging from 20% to 93%. Effective conservative treatment options include: ☛ Wrist splinting ☛ Steroid injections ☛ Oral glucocorticoids
Combined therapy may be more effective than the use of any single modality. Surgery is an option if symptoms do not improve.
Moderate to Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For patients with moderate to severe carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel surgery is an effective treatment option. There are two main technique categories for carpal tunnel surgery, open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release.